Italy's Ivan Basso will be heard in front of the anti-doping commission of his country's Olympic Committee on Tuesday. The suspended CSC rider will have to explain the presence of his name in the evidence gathered in the Operation Puerto case by the Spanish Guardia Civil, which has led to his exclusion of the Tour de France this year.
Basso's lawyer, Massimo Martelli, who will be present throughout the hearing, has therefore prepared the defense of his client thoroughly. "We prepared a very precise statement which consists of an evaluation of what happened," Martelli told tuttobiciweb. "First of all we emphasize the absolute inadmissibility of the circumstantial evidence, and then, step by step, we contest all of the presumed links that relate my client to the practices of Eufemiano Fuentes. In addition, we present an extensive medical documentation which shows that Basso does not recur to any stimulating and exogenous practices."
Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'
April 2, 2009 - Valverde indignant over possible suspension
April 1, 2009 - Valverde: Italy requests two-year suspension
March 13, 2009 - Le Monde newspaper hit with fine over Puerto allegations
March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto