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by Mark Zalewski
July 7, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet does the double! BMC rider takes Tour de France stage win, yellow jersey; Giro Rosa Round-up: Wiggle-High5 continues Italian success with stage win and pink for Mara Abbott; Jan Hirt wins Austria queen stage, takes over lead; Andrei Nechita wins Sibiu Cycling Tour prologue; Operación Puerto samples in UCI, WADA custody; WADA extends Meldonium grace period through September; The return of Marcel Kittel: ‘I know how hard the way back to this moment was’; Trans Am reflections: Race lead, blue feet, altitude sickness and a gender paradigm shift; Bahrain team on hold until 2018?; Sunweb possibly joining Giant as new title sponsor; Oleg Tinkoff: “If Sagan wins two stages, I stay in cycling”; Tour de France, stage 4 on-board highlights; Celebrating Kittel’s stage win; Peter Sagan: “Life is like a movie”; What does it take to ride in a breakaway at Le Tour?
As a result of the judicial order by the Provincial Court of Madrid the 99 plasma bags and 74 bags of blood discovered by the Civil Guard in Madrid at the two homes used by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes during the Operación Puerto investigation are already in the custody of the UCI and WADA.
Dr. Eufemiano-Fuentes. Image courtesy of telegraph.co.uk
Earlier proceedings argued that the searches violated Spanish law as they were for sports disciplinary purposes and not criminal actions. However, a Spanish court in June upheld the search’s validity and that the transfer of the seized plasma and blood is allowable because, “the aim pursued is to fight against doping, which undermines the essential ethical value of sport.”
Fuentes was found guilty in 2013 and given a one-year suspended prison sentence. The judge also ordered the blood bags to be destroyed. However, the UCI, WADA, and others appealed that decision. In June the original verdict against Fuentes was overruled and he was cleared of all charges, but at the same time the samples were ordered to be turned over to the various authorities.
Sources told El Español that the courts ordered the laboratory in Barcelona to, “surrender samples which allows analysis of the contents of all bags by the RFEC, CONI, UCI and WADA.” The paper reported that both the UCI and WADA have already collected the samples and transported them to a WADA-accredited lab in another European country.
Dr. Fuentes is still trying to prevent the samples from being tested, arguing that the samples are protected under confidentiality laws. In a letter from his defense attorneys to the court regarding the June 10 decision, his defense wrote, “the delivery of the bags [to designated entities] is a violation of the most elementary principles of privacy, privacy and confidentiality in the doctor/client relationship because the acquittal of Eufemiano Fuentes having been decreed, the lawful [action] is the return of all the sample.”
Click through to read more at The Spanish.