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Valverde Gets His Ban - Finally!
1 Jun, 2010

The CAS has finally dealt with the Alejandro Valverde doping case and awarded the seemingly teflon coated Spaniard a two-year suspension, effective starting January 1, 2010, for his involvement in the Operación Puerto doping scheme where blood bags tested by CONI contained traces of the red blood cell booster EPO.

The court strongly upheld the request of the UCI and World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) against the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC), but also refused to nullify Valverde's results prior to the start of the suspension.

"The CAS considered that there was no evidence that any of the results obtained by Mr. Valverde prior to 1 January 2010 was through doping infraction and decided that the appellants’ request to annul those results should be denied," a press release from the CAS stated.

The decision allows Valverde to keep his victories in the 2009 Vuelta a España, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and Clasica San Sebastian among others even though the races took place after the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) matched samples of his blood taken during the 2008 Tour de France to the evidence from the Operación Puerto case.

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You what? 2 years!

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