The BBC reports that: Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde has been summoned to appear before a prosecutor in Italy next week as part of an anti-doping inquiry. He is to be questioned after samples he gave at last year’s Tour de France matched DNA from files of Spain’s long-running Operation Puerto doping probe.
Later, Valverde said he had not heard from the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor but insisted he would be happy to appear before CONI.
A Spanish court closed the Puerto investigation into a blood doping ring last year after concluding that no criminal offences had been committed, although Spanish media last month reported it could be reopened. Valverde, who topped the world rankings last year, took part in the 2007 World Championships despite world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) trying to prevent his participation because of his links to the Puerto affair. If found guilty of a doping offence, he could face a two-year ban.