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Cycling: Belkin split with Sanchez over possible Operation Puerto link

Dutch cycling team Belkin have split with Spanish rider Luis Leon Sanchez amid accusations he was linked to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in the Operation Puerto blood doping racket, the De Telegraaf daily reported Wednesday. Spanish police believed Sanchez was a client of the doctor in 2006 while riding for the Liberty Seguros team -- something the 29-year-old denies. Sanchez has won several major titles, including the San Sebastian Classic in 2010 and 2012, the 2009 Paris-Nice, the Tour Down Under in 2005 and four stages of the Tour de France.

Cycling: Prosecutor to appeal blood bag destruction

The public prosecutor in the Operation Puerto case in which Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was sentenced to a year in prison has signalled its intention to appeal his sentence and the destruction of more than 200 blood bags seized from his apartments. Fuentes was found guilty of endangering public health along with one of his co-accused Jose Ignacio Labarta, who was given a four-month sentence, in performing blood extractions and transfusions on a number of high profile cyclists.

Nadal: Cheats need to be identified, scorned

Madrid, May 3 (EFE).- Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal said here Friday in the wake of the sentence handed down in Spain's Operation Puerto doping trial that cheaters should be identified so they can "receive the scorn" of the rest of the sporting community.

Cycling: Spain anti-doping agency to appeal doctor ruling

Spain's state anti-doping agency said it would appeal a court ruling that blood bags confiscated from a medical doctor who was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison for performing blood transfusions on top cyclists be destroyed. In her ruling Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria said Eufemiano Fuentes offered the blood doping treatments for money, posing a "significant risk to the health" of those receiving the blood and banned him from practising as a sports doctor for four years.

Cycling: Doping case doctor sentenced to one year

Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was sentenced to a year in prison by a Madrid court on Tuesday after being found guilty of endangering public health by administering blood transfusions to top cyclists. A former trainer of the Kelme cycling team, Jose Ignacio Labarta, was also found guilty and handed a four-month jail term. but the three other co-accused in the case -- Yolanda Fuentes, Manolo Saiz and Vicente Belda -- were cleared.

Cycling: Doping case doctor sentenced to one year

Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was on Tuesday found guilty at a court in Madrid of endangering public health by administering blood transfusions to top cyclists and sentenced to a year in prison. A former manager of the Kelme cycling team Jose Ignacio Labarta was also found guilty and handed a four-month jail term but the three other co-accused in the case -- Yolanda Fuentes, Manolo Saiz and Vicente Belda -- were cleared. kca/phz

Cycling: Operation Puerto ruling to be announced

The Operation Puerto doping trial involving Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and four co-accused is set to conclude on Tuesday with Judge Julia Patricia Santamaria set to give her ruling on whether the five were guilty of endangering public health. Fuentes is on trial with his sister and fellow doctor Yolanda as well as Manolo Saiz, Vicente Belda and Ignacio Labarta who held various positions in the Liberty Seguros and Kelme cycling teams.

Cycling: Blood doping trial verdict next week - court

The verdict from the Operation Puerto trial, in which a medical doctor is accused of endangering public health by performing blood transfusions on a number of high-profile cyclists, will be delivered next week, a court spokesman said on Wednesday. "The verdict will be made public early afternoon on Tuesday April 30," the spokesman from the court in Madrid told AFP.

Cycling: 'Doping doctor' denies charges as case concludes

A Spanish doctor accused of being at the centre of a huge blood doping racket in cycling on Tuesday denied endangering the health of his clients, as evidence in the high-profile case concluded. "In my 35-year long medical career I have never prejudiced the health of my patients, nor have I ever been aware of damage I have caused to one of my patients," Eufemiano Fuentes told the court in Madrid. "The objective that I always pursue as a doctor is to protect the health of others, not to prejudice it."

Cycling: Puerto doping trial reaches climax

The Operation Puerto doping trial involving Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and four co-accused is set to conclude on Tuesday with the judge ruling on whether the five were guilty of endangering public health. Fuentes is on trial with his sister and fellow doctor Yolanda as well as Manolo Saiz, Vicente Belda and Ignacio Labarta who held various positions in the Liberty Seguros and Kelme cycling teams.
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