The organisers of the Vuelta a España, Unipublic, have stated that Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso and Francisco Mancebo are not welcome in their event, which begins on August 26. This follows Unipublic's decision to exclude Comunidad Valenciana on the basis of its involvement in the Operación Puerto affair. "We are taking this decision for the sake of the sport," said a Unipublic spokesperson.
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