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UCI asks for Spanish help

By Sue George

In order to unblock the impasse surrounding Operación Puerto, the UCI's Pat McQuaid has asked in writing for involvement by the Spanish minister of the Sport, Jaime Lissavetzky, Many top riders have been allegedly implicated by the scandal, but judicial processes are far from complete. In the meantime, the UCI can do nothing to prevent riders named in the affair from competing.

"The substance of the case and all its information are overwhelming for certain cyclists who have been implicated," said McQuaid according to French Yahoo! Sports. "And the UCI can do nothing. We cannot, in spite of our wishes, use the information in disciplinary proceedings against the riders."

Pat McQuaid, UCI President, recognized the independence of the Iberian judicial system, but asked if the process might be sped up by informing the judge of the gravity of the situation.

A copy of the letter was sent to the International Olympic Committee, the Association of Summer Olympic Sports, and the Spanish Cycling Federation.

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

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.