By Gregor Brown
Spaniard Jesús Manzano was questioned by anti-doping prosecutor of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Saturday in Rome, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport . Head prosecutor Ettore Torri opened Operación Puerto investigations in mid-January on riders and team staff, even if they are not Italian.
The 29 year-old ex-professional, Manzano, admitted early-on to being a client of the doctor at the centre of Operación Puerto, Eufemiano Fuentes. He has made accusations against his former Kelme team-mate Alejandro Valverde in the past and also claimed to have knowledge that it was not only cyclists who were working with the Spanish doctor.
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