Valverde suspended by team as he awaits second CAS ruling

Alejandro Valverde, Vuelta a Espana 2009, stage 12

Alejandro Valverde has been suspended by his team Caisse d'Epargne as he awaits a second ruling by the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS).

On March 16 CAS dismissed Valverde's appeal against the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) ban for racing on Italian soil. The ruling essentially said that CONI's evidence (they linked Valverde's blood sample taken during the 2008 Tour de France with a bag of blood stored by Dr Fuentes in Madrid using DNA) was solid and so their ban for doping stood.

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