Valverde's case against Italy ban starts next week

Alejandro Valverde wins Vuelta a Espana 2009, stage 21

After months of waiting, the 2009 Tour of Spain winner Alejandro Valverde's appeal against his two-year ban on racing in Italy finally gets underway in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) next Tuesday.

Valverde had been barred from racing in Italy for two years after the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) claimed it had evidence that a blood bag from the anti-doping probe Operacion Puerto belonged to the Spaniard. Valverde has denied the claims and also argued that CONI has no legal right to decide on the case.

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