The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, has suspended the procedure regarding the decision taken by the Spanish cycling federation not to open proceedings against Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) for his alleged implication in the Operación Puerto case. Both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Cycling Union (UCI) had appealed the decision in front of the CAS.
The procedure has been suspended for a maximum of six months to allow the Spanish authorities to decide on whether or not they have the right to hand over the alleged evidence, blood bag "number 18". This sort of international legal assistance can take several months after the initial official request has been sent.
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