Operacion Puerto Finally Closed
The biggest doping scandal in pro cycling history, Operacion Puerto, finally comes to a close. Unfortunately, it seems as if it is a failure. The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency, as well as others, have appealed the Madrid judge’s decision pertaining to which blood bags found by the Guardia Civil could not be released to international institutions. Today, however, the Provincial court Madrid dismissed the appeal. These bags could have lead to the identification and sanctioning of other cyclists involved in the case. Spanish press reports that the decision is final. Operacion Puerto, which started in May 2006, is finally finished. It consisted of over 200 athletes, including 34 cyclists. 15 of them were acquitted.