The Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) defended Alejandro Valverde's participation in the upcoming road world championships in Germany. Earlier this week, the Stuttgart organizing committee leader came out against Valverde's participation in Stuttgart, due to his alleged involvement with Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.
The Federation sent a letter to the organizing committee, the German Cycling Federation, and the UCI on his behalf according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Without releasing the letter's contents, the Federation indicated it would support Valverde for Spanish national team at worlds.
The organizing committee had also said Erik Zabel was not welcome, but there is one key difference between the riders. Zabel has confessed to doping in his past, whereas Valverde has maintained his innocence.