Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires 

Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over

by VeloClub

Over ten years after 211 blood bags were seized in the Operacion Puerto raids in Madrid, Spain, the truth about their origin finally looks set to be revealed. A judge in the Provincial Court of Madrid has ruled on Tuesday that the blood bags should be handed over to the Spanish cycling federation, WADA, the UCI, the Italian Olympic Committee and others.

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There had been real fears that the blood bags would be destroyed, particularly after Spanish courts appeared to have impeded every attempt to determine who the athletes were. Over the past ten years requests to make the bags available for DNA testing was refused and there were also long delays in decisions, complicating things in terms of the final legal deadline for testing.

Some believed that the rumoured involvement of powerful sports such as soccer, basketball, athletics and tennis were the reasons for the lack of movement. However in his ruling on Tuesday, Judge Alejandro Maria Benito ordered that the bags should be finally handed over. This could potentially lead to some big names being identified, but only if they used blood doping.

One long-quoted statistic for the blood bags is that they came from 36 different athletes, of which 23 were cyclists, 12 were athletes and one was undetermined. While the doctor at the centre of Operacion Puerto case, Eufemiano Fuentes, has hinted that he treated big football teams and other sportspeople, his method of doping for those may have been different due to a lack of EPO testing being used at the time.

Efforts to pin him down legally have proved difficult. In his ruling on Tuesday, the judge has acquitted him of crimes against public health. Also cleared were his sister Yolanda Fuentes plus former top cycling team managers Manolo Saiz and Vicente Belda.

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