July 2, 2015
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.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.