Belkin Split With Luis Leon Sanchez Over Possible Operation Puerto Link

THE HAGUE, Oct 09, 2013 (AFP) - Dutch cycling team Belkin have split with Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez amid accusations he was linked to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in the Operation Puerto blood doping racket, the De Telegraaf daily reported Wednesday. Spanish police believed Sanchez was a client of the doctor in 2006 while riding for the Liberty Seguros team -- something the … [Read more...]

Pat McQuaid Slams Ruling In Operation Puerto Doping Case

Pat McQuaid

MADRID, May 31, 2013 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid has sharply criticised a Spanish court's decision to destroy bags of blood seized in a major doping case. In an interview with sports daily Marca published Friday, the cycling chief said he disagreed with Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria's ruling in one of the sporting world's biggest doping scandals. … [Read more...]

Spanish Politician Miguel Cardenal Criticizes Operation Puerto Ruling

MADRID, May 23, 2013 (AFP) - The president of the Spanish sports council, Miguel Cardenal, has become the latest senior figure to criticise the judge's decision in the Operation Puerto trial to deny anti-doping authorities access to over 200 blood bags seized from Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. Despite finding Fuentes guilty of endangering public health by carrying out blood extractions … [Read more...]

Prosecutor To Appeal Operation Puerto Blood Bag Destruction

MADRID, May 17, 2013 (AFP) - The public prosecutor in the Operation Puerto case in which Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was sentenced to a year in prison has signaled its intention to appeal his sentence and the destruction of more than 200 blood bags seized from his apartments. Fuentes was found guilty of endangering public health along with one of his co-accused Jose Ignacio Labarta, … [Read more...]

UCI To Appeal Puerto Blood Bags Decision

MADRID, May 10, 2013 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed on Friday they will appeal against the decision by a Spanish court to refuse access to more than 200 sachets of blood that were seized in the Operation Puerto case against disgraced Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. "The UCI can confirm that it will appeal the decision of the Madrid court of 29 April not to release to the … [Read more...]

Operation Puerto Fuentes Sentenced To One Year In Doping Case

Eufemanio Fuentes

by Kieran CANNING MADRID, Spain, April 30, 2013 (AFP) - A Spanish court on Tuesday sentenced a medical doctor who performed blood transfusions on top cyclists to a year in prison for endangering public health in a case keenly watched because of claims the practice extended to other sports. Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria said that Eufemiano Fuentes, 57, offered the blood … [Read more...]

Operation Puerto Trial Verdict Epected Next Week

Eufemanio Fuentes

MADRID, April 24, 2013 (AFP) - The verdict from the Operation Puerto trial, in which a medical doctor is accused of endangering public health by performing blood transfusions on a number of high-profile cyclists, will be delivered next week, a court spokesman said on Wednesday. "The verdict will be made public early afternoon on Tuesday April 30," the spokesman from the court in … [Read more...]

Operation Puerto Doping Trial Reaches Climax

by Kieran Canning MADRID, April 1, 2013 (AFP) - The Operation Puerto doping trial involving Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and four co-accused is set to conclude on Tuesday with the judge ruling on whether the five were guilty of endangering public health. Fuentes is on trial with his sister and fellow doctor Yolanda as well as Manolo Saiz, Vicente Belda and Ignacio Labarta who held … [Read more...]

Blood-Doping Doctor Should Be Jailed Says Opertion Puerto Prosecutor

MADRID, March 16, 2013 - Spanish prosecutors on Friday called for the doctor at the center of a high-profile blood doping racket in professional cycling to be jailed for two years, as they wound up their case. Public prosecutor Rosa Calero said that Eufemiano Fuentes should be imprisoned as he was the "soul and ideologist" of a "fraudulent and punishable" network whose intention was to … [Read more...]

CONI Set To Probe Cipollini Operation Puerto Doping Allegations

Super Mario Cipollini in his gold skinsuit

MILAN, Feb 11, 2013 - Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) said Monday it had launched a probe following newspaper allegations that retired cyclist Mario Cipollini was a client of a sports doctor currently on trial in Spain on doping charges. Cipollini, world champion in 2002, was accused Saturday by La Gazzetta dello Sport of being a client of Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who is … [Read more...]