Valverde Contests Suspension Ruling
The Spaniard, Alejandro Valverde is not going to give up without a fight after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) slapped a two year suspension on him based on the grounds of the evidence taken from Operacion Puerto case. In a statement, Valverde vowed to take the case to the Swiss Court according to his press agent.
The failure of the Spanish Cycling Federation to implement disciplinary action against Valverde brought down the ruling of the CAS which was filed by the UCI and World Anti-Doping Agency against the Spaniard. The DNA testing which implicated Valverde due to blood evidence involving the case was enough to impose a suspension. This was based on the ruling “use or attempted use by a rider of a prohibited substance or prohibited method.” However, there was no evidence enough to nullify all of Valverde’s track record prior to the court ruling.
In a court statement, it said, “that there was no evidence that any of the results obtained by Mr. Valverde prior to 1 January 2010 was through doping infraction” though it maintained that a doping violation has been committed. Valverde and his team, Caisse d’Epargne stressed out the ambiguous ruling of the court.
Valverde’s team owner, Abarca Sports declared the ruling as “a confirmation of the position sustained permanently by Abarca Sports about the irreproachable behaviour of Valverde during his five and half years career with Abarca Sports.”
They were all in agreement, the team and owner, Valverde himself, including the court that “none of the victories were obtained through the use of prohibited practices, which is confirmed because Alejandro Valverde, possibly the most controlled the athlete in the world, has never failed a doping test.”