7 in Puerto Doping Case to Stand Trial
Doctors, manager could face 2 years in jail
Seven people arrested in conjunction with the 2006 Operation Puerto doping scandal are likely to face charges in a Spanish court over claims that they helped cyclists blood dope. The seven include Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, a medical doctor who has advised dozens of professional cyclists, and former Pro Tour team manager Manolo Saiz. Operation Puerto, a years-long investigation into doping in professional cycling and other sports, resulted in a ban for cyclist Ivan Basso and implicated many of the sports most prominent riders, including Tyler Hamilton, Jan Ullrich, Alexandre Valverde, and Alberto Contador. Contador is this week defending himself against a 2010 positive test for the banned steroid clenbuterol.
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