Alejandro Valverde: Page 40

Vuelta a Murcia bans Italian teams

The organizers of Spain’s Vuelta a Murcia, which begins Wednesday, have refused to admit Italian teams, an action in solidarity with Alejandro Valverde who has been banned from competing in Italy.

Hutarovich wins windy Tour Med opener

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.

Manzano urges Valverde to ‘come clean’

Former Spanish cyclist Jesus Manzano has repeated doping charges against former teammate and compatriot Alejandro Valverde, adding that the Vuelta a España winner should admit his violations rather than continuing to deny them.

Valverde hearing closes, decision not expected until March

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.