Valverde Banned from Cycling in Italy

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ROME (AP) - The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping tribunal has banned Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde from competing in Italy for two years.

The tribunal held a hearing Monday into drug allegations against the rider.

The panel's ruling does not apply outside Italy.

In February, the Italian Olympic Committee confronted Valverde with DNA evidence and documents that allegedly showed he was involved in the Operation Puerto blood doping case.

Valverde has filed a complaint in court in Spain, claiming the case should be heard by the Spanish cycling federation. He did not attend the hearing.