Valverde set to be banned from racing in Italy

Alejandro Valverde Castilla y Leon stage 3 2009

The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) says it has matched Alejandro Valverde's blood samples taken during the Italian section of last year's Tour de France to blood bags recovered in Operacion Puerto in 2006.

Italian anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri has called for a two-year ban for Valverde. Torri said in February: "We can say with certainty blood sachet number 18 is Valverde's".

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