Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Ghana votes in tight presidential race

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Graduation', 'Go Home' & Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas turns 100

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French educational system 'as mediocre as always'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Southern India bids farewell to 'Amma'

Read more

FACE-OFF

2017 French presidential election: Can Valls unite the left?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Trump wins $50bn US investment from Japan's Softbank

Read more

THE DEBATE

France 24 turns ten: How to cover a changing world (part 1)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Interior minister takes over as France's premier

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Former LRA commander Ongwen pleads not guilty to 70 counts of war crimes

Read more

Italy ban forces Valverde out of Tour de France

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-24

Spain's Alejandro Valverde will be taking no part in this year's Tour de France because of a two-year ban from competing on Italian roads, his Caisse d'Epargne team has announced. The 2009 Tour will be passing through Italy on July 21.

AFP - Controversial Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde will not take part in this year's Tour de France, his Caisse d'Epargne team announced on Tuesday.
  
His absence removes a potentially embarrassing stand-off as the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) last month banned Valverde from racing in Italy for two years due to his alleged involvement in the Operation Puerto blood doping scandal.
  
That ostensibly ruled him out of the race in any case, as this year it passes through Italy's Val D'Aosta region on July 21.
  
However, Valverde called on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this month to "exonerate him of any sanction and to terminate this matter" and "state that CONI had no jurisdiction."
  
Lausanne-based CAS said it would be consulting the different parties involved before it sets out a calendar for the procedure "as soon as possible".
  
Normally an arbitration court panel takes about four months to issue a ruling, but it can accelerate the process in special circumstances.

Date created : 2009-06-23

COMMENT(S)