The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) may have requested a two-year ban for Alejandro Valverde, but that hasn't stopped the Caisse d'Epargne star from racing. The Spaniard is slated for Saturday's GP Miguel Indurain.
Valverde was subjected to an investigation by CONI for involvement in the 2006 blood doping scandal Operación Puerto. The Italian investigators reportedly matched blood evidence from the case to samples taken from Valverde during the 2008 Tour de France. The prosecutor recommended a two-year ban this week, but the final decision in the case is still pending.
The Spanish rider and his federation have protested the action of the Italians, saying that CONI had no jurisdiction in the case. It is likely that if the CONI suspends Valverde in Italy, the UCI will enforce the ban world-wide.
Valverde is not on the team's list for the Vuelta al País Vasco ProTour event.
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