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by Mark Zalewski
December 29, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bradley Wiggins ‘officially’ retires; Canadian neo-pro Ellen Watters succumbs to injuries from collision with car; 60 Minutes television show investigating mechanical doping in cycling; Operación Puerto investigation names forthcoming; Tour of Qatar cancelled for 2017; Alicia Franck making return from injury; “In Velo Veritas” trailer; Cycling and coffee, in Colombia.
Spanish newspaper El País reported that the 30 athletes implicated in the Operación Puerto investigation, including 20 cyclists, will finally be named in the coming weeks.
The investigation has dragged on for more than a decade with the DNA of suspected athletes finally now checked against the blood bags confiscated in a raid of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.
This was only made possible after a Spanish court ruled in June that the bags should be handed over to the Spanish cycling federation, WADA, the UCI, the Italian Olympic Committee and other federations for testing. The UCI had pushed for the blood bags to be turned over.
There had been fears that the ten year statute of limitations would result in the blood bags being destroyed and the names of any implicated lost forever, but the court ruling was the final word in the matter. Athletes from cycling, soccer, basketball, tennis and athletics were rumoured to be involved, but only cycling governing bodies have pushed for names to be linked.
Sources from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the body that supervised the process, told El País the names will be revealed soon.
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