Saiz concerned with Spanish Guardia Civil's "data processing errors"

Manolo Saiz, former team manager of Liberty Seguros-Würth, has claimed that there were...

Manolo Saiz, former team manager of Liberty Seguros-Würth, has claimed that there were irregularities in the documentation that led to his team getting being banned from starting the 2006 Tour de France.

According to Spanish newspaper as, Enrique Gómez, a lieutenant of the Guardia Civil, said in his court statements that there were "data processing errors" which caused an unintended version of a report being delivered to the presiding judge and the sports council, Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD). Gómez made the statements in Madrid's court 19 in front María Luisa Alvarez, where there was the public prosecutor and his own lawyer. Judge Alvarez has confirmed these statements by the lieutenant which took place on August 13, which gave rise for the current court case.

The court case is still ongoing; Manolo Saiz is claiming the CSD is partly to blame for his team being on the verge of losing their ProTour license because of the alleged irregularities in the investigation documents. In addition, they were supposedly forwarded without the authorization of the judge in charge; on June 29 (two days before the beginning of the Tour of France).

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