Valverde indignant over possible suspension

Alejandro Valverde expressed surprise and indignation upon learning of the latest development in the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI's) disciplinary proceedings against him. On Wednesday, CONI recommended a two-year suspension for the Spanish Valverde after it reportedly used DNA evidence to connect the 28-year-old Caisse d'Epargne rider to the Operación Puerto investigation.

"CONI claims competence in judging evidence, which does not belong to it, and makes lamentable arguments, from a legal and logical point of view," read a statement from Valverde. "Thus CONI presents arguments which are completely erroneous, and it acts in an illegal way, disobeying the orders of the Spanish courts and violating the basic rights of riders."

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