Top riders to testify during Puerto trial

Almost seven years on from the Operación Puerto investigation, which resulted in several high-profile arrests and the exclusion of a number of cycling’s biggest names from the 2006 Tour de France, five of those at the centre of the inquiry will finally go on trial in Madrid on Monday. Several current and former riders are set to testify in person or via video link, including Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso and Jörg Jaksche.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).