Alejandro Valverde Dauphine Libere 2009 stage 5

Alejandro Valverde took the leader's jersey in the Dauphiné Libéré at the top of Mont Ventoux on Thursday.

As he was racing, it was reported that the UCI had received the evidence from CONI, the Italian Olympic Committee, explaining the reasons for banning Valverde from competing in Italy for two years.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.