Cyclist Valverde’s doping hearing held in Rome
ROME — The Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping tribunal has opened a hearing into drug allegations against Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde.
The Italian Olympic Committee, or CONI, is considering a possible two-year ban against the rider for alleged involvement in the Operation Puerto blood doping scandal.
Valverde did not attend the hearing Monday in Rome.
He has filed a complaint in court in Spain, claiming the case should be heard by the Spanish cycling federation.
Valverde contends that Italian anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri is refusing to obey a Spanish judge who says evidence obtained in Spain cannot be used against him in Italy.