By Antonio J. Salmerón
Comunidad Valenciana rider José Luis Martinez has issued a statement denying any involvement with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. Martinez was one of many riders who appeared on 'the list' that was put together by the Spanish Civil Guard and leaked to the press.
"For the past three years in the Comunidad Valenciana cycling team, I have not any relationship with Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes," said Martinez. "I have not infringed any professional standard during my professional career, as is shown in my medical file."
In addition, José Luis Martínez said he was at the disposal of the judicial and sports authorities "to clarify any questions" while lamenting "the personal and professional damage suffered as a result of being implicated in Operacion Puerto...I am prepared to undertake legal action in order to explain my appearance in the documents seized from Dr. Fuentes.
"I have nothing to hide, and, in this sense, I am prepared to supply to the media any of the tests considered necessary to demonstrate that my name has been used in this case unjustly," finished José Luis Martinez.
Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'
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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