Spanish doping scandal blood bags must be handed over

Dr Eufemiano Fuentes is at the centre of the doping scandal

Dr Eufemiano Fuentes

Blood bags used as evidence in a major Spanish doping scandal must be handed over to authorities for investigation, a Madrid court has ruled.

The announcement comes 10 years after Operation Puerto revealed a doping network involving some of the world’s top cyclists.

Police seized 211 coded blood bags from the clinic of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes.

They must now be given to the World Anti-Doping Agency, cycling bosses and the Italian Olympic Committee.


Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (centre) was among those suspended

More than 50 cyclists were originally linked to the case. Among those eventually suspended were former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, Spanish Vuelta champion Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Basso, who later confirmed that his blood was among the frozen samples found.

Fuentes also worked with athletes from other sports, and the new ruling raises the potential for the identities of additional athletes to be revealed.

More to follow.

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