biker jk said:Let me get this straight. The Spanish refuse to investigate Operacion Puerto and now complain that the Italians have busted Valverde, who you agree is a doper. It appears that it is the Spanish authorities who are displaying an absence of morals and ethics.
Actually, the Spanish authorities are the only ones yet in this case to display and ethical and moral standard. They followed the letter of their own law when I am sure that hey would have preferred to do otherwise. CONI has no authority for their actions, and the UCI is hesitating because while they now know that Valverde's blood was part of the OP seizure, they also know that they cannot legally prove it under the rule of law.
It's is also worth noting that there is still no evidence legal or otherwise that Valverde blood doped, only that his blood was identified. Like Basso he is only implicated in the intention to blood dope. While that is against UCI rules, it does not violate Spanish law.