Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 18, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tejay van Garderen bounces back with Suisse stage win, Barguil takes lead; Taaramäe takes over at Tour de Slovenie; Groenewegen makes it a Dutch hat trick at SterZLM Tour; Armitstead wins stage 3 and takes the lead in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Coquard doubles wins as Quintana assumes lead at Route du Sud; Simon Yates handed four-month suspension, back racing in July; Yates confirms he won’t appeal sanction: “I’m very embarrassed about the situation.”; The Muur van Geraardsbergen returns to the Tour of Flanders in 2017; Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger; Spain anti-doping head believes Puerto investigation can still move forward; Sarah Storey going to seventh Paralympics; On-bike highlights from Tour de Suisse, stage 6; Behind the scenes with LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics

Spain anti-doping head believes Puerto investigation can still move forward

by CyclingTips

After Tuesday’s ruling by a Spanish judge that the blood bags in the Operacion Puerto investigation can be handed over to anti-doping authorities, the worries that the statute of limitation on prosecuting anyone involved had passed came to the front. However, many involved with the investigation believed that the statute of limitations would be excepted in this case. Now Spain’s anti-doping head, Enrique Gómez Bastida, said in an interview he believes that to be the case.

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Gómez Bastida argues that major doping investigations like Operacion Puerto that have already reached the original 8-year statute of limitation, were already deemed exempted.

“That [ten year maximum missed by Puerto by weeks] is the general idea, but in fact that’s not the case,” Gómez Bastida said. “The new ten year statute of limitations is only applicable, according to the WADA code of 2015, to those cases, like Puerto, which had not already passed the previous limit of eight years.”

If this is to be the case the next question is how long it will take to finally resolve the investigation. “Speaking as an anti-doping director, that the verdict will permit the identification of some sportspeople involved the case, despite the time that has gone past, is positive,” he said.

“On the other hand, speaking as a policeman and looking at this as an investigation where you are working towards the prosecution of individuals, the verdict of the trial, for whatever reason, has not been successful.”

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