Spanish rider Koldo Gil has been taken out of the Saunier Duval roster before the start of the Vuelta because of a possible involvement in Operacion Puerto. The precautionary move was made after a revised 'list' of riders was handed out to the 21 teams down to take part in the race. Gil was on the list as he used to ride for Liberty Seguros, but there was no official word from the UCI that he would not be allowed to race. Gil will be replaced by Jose Alberto Benitez.
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