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Ex-Xacobeo Galicia doctor said he was fired because he refused to dope riders

There is more news on the doping front in Spain with a former doctor of the now-defunct Xacobeo-Galicia team set to take charges against the team to a Spanish court.

There is more news on the doping front in Spain with a former doctor of the now-defunct Xacobeo-Galicia team set to take charges against the team to a Spanish court.

Juan Manuel Rodríguez Bastida is claiming that he was fired by team management because he claims he refused “to dope riders,” according to a report on the Spanish wire service EFE.

“What they did was throw me to the street and substitute me with a doping doctor, who had already been detained in Italy and who came from Liberty Seguros, which had three recent doping cases,” Rodríguez Bastida said in testimony last spring.

Rodríguez Bastida is filing a complaint against the secretary general of sports for the Galicia regional government, José Ramón Lete, team manager Álvaro Pino and manager of the Galician cycling foundation, Pedro Alfaro.

According to the EFE report, Rodríguez Bastida claims he denied doping riders and was subsequently fired during the fourth stage of the 2009 Vuelta a España, only to be replaced by another doctor who was linked to three doping cases at the Portuguese Liberty Seguros team.

Rodríguez Bastida is suing for payments dating back to the 2009 season as well as damages related to the lawsuit.

Team officials are countering that the doctor was unable to meet the requirements of his contract and was replaced.

The case is scheduled to open arguments Thursday in a court in Vigo in northwest Spain.