The International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected Alejandro Valverde’s challenge to his two-year suspension from competition in Italy.
In Europe this week, the Vuelta a Murcia and the Monte Paschi Eroica are the big races, while mid-week races in Italy and Belgium keep things rolling. Andrew Hood takes a look.
Just like he did in 2009, Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJeux) won the opening stage of the Tour Méditerranéen in France on Wednesday. Pushed along by frigid winds, the 26-year-old won ahead of William Bonnet (Bbox Telecom) and Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) in the 92.4km stage in Sauvian.
The French bank, Caisse d’Epargne, will end its sponsorship of the Spanish cycling team that bears its name at the end of the 2010 season.
Alejandro Valverde’s long and winding road and his alleged links to Puerto reached a head this week during a three-day hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which closed Thursday with a hint that the Vuelta a España champion likely won’t be racing in Italy anytime soon.