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More codenames published

Following the list disclosed earlier this month of those under suspicion of being involved in the Operacion Puerto affair, the Spanish cycling newspaper Meta2Mil has published the codenames of still-unidentified collaborators and cyclists connected to the case.

The collaborators include those known as:

El Manos Pequeñas, Alibabá, Alessandro Kalc, El Bigotes and Jandro.

The codenames of riders still to be identified and disclosed are:

Cowboy (2003)
Panticosa (2003)
Pavarotti (2003)
Pepito (2003)
Obelisk (2003)
Nibelungo (2003)
LAS (2003)
María (2002-03-04)
Rosa (2003-04)
Valv. (Piti) (2004)
Urco (2004)
César (2004-05)
MZD (2005)
Huerta (2006)
Clasicómano (2006)
Clasicómano Luigi (2006)
Amigo de Birillo

It is expected that some or all of these names will be identified in the coming months. The first list of names had a dramatic effect, appearing to implicate Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso, Francisco Mancebo, Joseba Beloki and many others. All of these were unable to ride the Tour de France as a result, although it has not been proved thus far that they were doping.

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

Cyclingnews' complete coverage of Operación Puerto