Manzano statements pivotal to latest scandal

This week the investigation into doping in Spanish cycling will rely upon declarations made by former Kelme rider Jésus Manzano to Italian prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello in April 2004. The investigation moves into its second week since the arrest of five people in connection with a Civil Guard probe that uncovered what appears to be widespread doping practices. Manzano was involved in a massive scandal in 2004 regarding alleged doping practices by his former Spanish Division I team.

Eufemiano Fuentes, then Kelme team doctor, was questioned as a result of Manzano's statements, after Manzano detailed the illicit practices of Fuentes before or during races. It was alleged Fuentes administered EPO, Trigon, caffeine, autotransfusions and the female hormone HCG Lepori as part of his duties while team doctor.

It's likely the testimony of Manzano and his collaboration with the investigation could also uncover the names of other athletes who have been treated by Fuentes.

Cyclingnews will feature an interview with Jésus Manzano in the coming days

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