Valverde to Ride Tour Down Under
Doping ban ends for former Vuelta winner
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Race organizers at the Tour Down Under on Monday confirmed that Alejandro Valverde, the 2009 Vuelta a Espana champion who was banned from cycling for two years, will return to to competition in Adelaide, Australia later this month. In 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Valverde for his involvement in the doping ring known as Operation Puerto. Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur has indicated that he expects the Valverde to do well. “I think he’s a big threat – he’s an intelligent rider and he knows where to be,” Turtur said.
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