The Phonak team has reacted to further allegations arising from Operation Puerto with a statement regarding its riders whose names have come up in connection with the alleged doping practices of former Kelme team doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.
"The Phonak Cycling Team acknowledges the appearance in the Spanish media of the names of certain team members in connection with Dr Fuentes," the team said. "The team management takes these reports seriously, although it has not yet been possible to establish the truth of the allegations. The team management is examining the issue internally. Following this, further information will be communicated."
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