Italy defends action on Valverde

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) rejected the Spanish judge's objections to its case against Alejandro Valverde, and intends to proceed with its hearing with the Spanish rider on Thursday.

CONI called Valverde to be questioned after it linked samples taken during the 2008 Tour de France to blood evidence obtained from the Operación Puerto case. The Spanish judge in charge of the case, Antonio Serrano, argued that the Italians had no jurisdiction to do so, but the Italian anti-doping prosecutors called his statement "groundless".

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