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Operation Ilex

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Javier Ramirez's interview with Marcos Maynar in the podcast El Contraaálisis - deny, deny and deny!
Part 1 highlights
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...nner-go-at-indurain-speeds-in-his-time-trials

Part 2 highlights mostly on Superman Lopez
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...receive-menotropin-in-hungary-during-the-giro
On OperationIlex -
"None of the riders who appear in the case have any doping problem, the only one who is attributed is Lopez because of the menotropin, but it was not for him and he never got it, he never got the menotropin."

"Since we are with the lies that the civil guard launches (remember that it is the civil guard that informs the UCI that Lopez had had in his possession menotropin and therefore the Colombian is provisionally sanctioned for doping), because the civil guard also say what they want and they want him to appear as the bad guy in the movie".
Who got the Menotropin then?
 
Javier Ramirez's interview with Marcos Maynar in the podcast El Contraaálisis - deny, deny and deny!
Part 1 highlights
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...nner-go-at-indurain-speeds-in-his-time-trials

Part 2 highlights mostly on Superman Lopez
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...receive-menotropin-in-hungary-during-the-giro
On OperationIlex -



Who got the Menotropin then?
Reminds me a bit of Basso’s claim during Puerto: yes, I had my blood stored there but never used any of it and didn’t intend to. :eek:
 
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Looks like Superman Lopez will be freed -
https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...to-convict-miguel-ngel-lpez-in-operation-ilex
Operation Ilex, which investigates the alleged doping plot led by Marcos Maynar, continues its development with a breaking news that leaves once again the impression that Spain is not doing everything it should in the fight against doping. The prosecutor's office in the case interprets that, despite evidence from the Guardia Civil that seems to testify to the contrary, Miguel Ángel López has not committed any crime.

The report of the prosecutor Sonia Castañeda Redondo is very different from that of the Central Operative Unit (UCO). She, as Fernando Ferrari advances in Ciclo21, does not think that López has committed any crime.
 
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Reading some of the articles about this case, all I've got to say is, wow does Spain ever make it easy for an athlete to dope
The vast majority of pros spend many months of the year in Spain. Altitude at teide and Gran canaria, living in andorra or girona, winter camps in Calpe, denia, Mallorca, Malaga etc. Basically every pro is there at some point for their biggest training blocks.
 
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https://cyclinguptodate.com/cycling...they-set-me-up-to-take-the-product-to-hungary
Vicente Belda, the former assistant to Miguel Ángel López in the Astaná team, has broken his silence and has given his version of what happened with the Colombian cyclist and of Operation Ilex and Marcos Maynar.

Very confusing statements made by Belda Jr. to Labarga in Marca. Very confusing. On the one hand he claims that he threw the blisters, on the other that MAL and Maynar wanted to cheat him, then he denies that the Colombian has doped and ends up stating that he could be willing to denounce him. We will see how the case is resolved in the Spanish justice system, although everything points to the fact that neither Lopez nor Belda will be accused of anything;
 
There is an ongoing dispute between WADA and CELAD Spain's anti-doping agency, plus "irregularities" now in the hands of the police - Jan 26, 2024
https://www.barrons.com/news/spain-...ief-after-irregularities-controversy-fab7edf5Spain replaced the chief of their anti-doping agency (CELAD) on Friday after accusations of malpractice.
The Spanish government demanded earlier in January that Jose Luis Terreros step down because of the "reputational damage" Spanish sport and the agency had suffered as a result.
Spain's leading governmental sports authority (CSD) had asked Terreros to resign on January 5.

The CSD passed on a report on the agency to Spanish prosecutors after an investigation into a complaint alleging "irregularities in the use of public funds and in the control and sanctioning of doping".

Spanish media outlet Relevo said CELAD had exploited bureaucratic loopholes to cover up positive cases.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also heavily criticised CELAD and said they were holding a comprehensive investigation, while threatening "significant consequences for Spanish sport" if doping cases are not dealt with appropriately.

CELAD does seem to be the organ that passes onto the Police and prosecuters any anti-doping infringements. Maybe a person more knowledgeable can confirm the procedures. The Salas case gives an idea of the process -
https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/...pro-continental-rider-overturned-court-407831