Former pro cyclist Jesus Manzano, who used to ride for Kelme-Costa Blanca and spoke of massive doping practices within the team after quitting the sport, has accused Manolo Saiz' legal representative, Carlos Bueren, of trying to buy his silence in the Operación Puerto affair. According to national newspaper El País, Manzano alleged that Bueren offered him between 25 and 30 million Pesetas (approx. 150,000-180,000 Euros) if he stopped bis involvement in the legal case. Bueren has not commented the allegations.
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