The organisation of the International Professional Cycling Teams has announced that all its member teams will cooperate with the Operación Puerto investigation by providing DNA samples to the Spanish investigators, including the Discovery Channel team of Ivan Basso. "All the teams concerned, including Discovery Channel, will make available DNA samples of riders named in the Operación Puerto file to the Spanish prosecutor," the statement said.
The IPCT, which last month threatened to exclude the Discovery Channel team based on its hiring of Basso, has backed down from its stand in a meeting in Bruxelles today. "After a long discussion, the general assembly decided not to exclude Tailwind Sports (Discovery Channel) from the IPCT because of the hiring of Ivan Basso," read the statement.
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