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UCI and WADA join forces in Madrid

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
June 07, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:15 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for June 7, 2006

After both the UCI and WADA announced they would become involved with the Spanish doping controversy...

After both the UCI and WADA announced they would become involved with the Spanish doping controversy surrounding Manolo Saiz and Eufemiano Fuentes, UCI boss Pat McQuaid and WADA's scientific director, Olivier Rabin, have arrived in Madrid to begin gathering first-hand information on the case. Both men will speak with those involved in the investigation; McQuaid will meet with Jaime Lissavetzky tomorrow while Rabin will meet with Rafael Blanco on Thursday.

While WADA is focussing its efforts on analysing substances and blood seized in the raids, McQuaid and the UCI are planning to conduct interviews to ascertain more facts about the case. It appears that Lissavetzky will provide McQuaid with the chance to speak with the public prosecutor heading the case and with agents of the Civil Guard along with leaders of the Spanish Cycling Federation and the Vuelta a España. He is already coming under pressure to make a decision in regard to whether Saiz's team will ride the Tour de France, assuming they are allowed to continue operations.

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