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Gil exonerated in Puerto case

By Monika Prell

Spaniard Koldo Gil has been exonerated of any implication in the Spanish civil guard's Operación Puerto doping ring inquiry. The UCI has removed his name from the list of involved cyclists, meaning the rider can continue to compete with his Spanish Saunier Duval squad, according to Marca.com.

Gil received a letter from the UCI where they excused the Pamplona resident as a suspect in the case. The rider formerly competed with Liberty Seguros team of Manolo Sáiz between 2003 and 2005, and had been mentioned as one of the owners of the 200 blood bags found in a hospital of Madrid in 2006.

Following the UCI's notification the 29 year-old is expected to be announced in his squad's Vuelta a España roster, with the race commencing on September 1 in the Galician town of Vigo.

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