Alejandro Valverde’s doping hearing under way in Rome, Spanish cyclist not attending

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.

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