Banned Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde has lost his appeal against a worldwide two-year suspension from competition after the Swiss Federal Tribunal upheld the ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in May
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Valverde had appealed to the Swiss supreme court after he was served a two-year ban from competition for suspected use of banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).

However, the court found that the Caisse d’Epargne rider’s two-year ban imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and CAS was fair and refused to over-turn the decision, news agency AP reported on Thursday.

In May 2009, Valverde had received a two-year ban from competing in Italy by the Italian Olympic Committee after it had ascertained that blood containing EPO found during the Operacion Puerto doping bust matched DNA taken from a blood sample given by Valverde during the 2008 Tour de France when it visited Italy. 

After CAS extended the ban to include the rest of the world, all of Valverdes results from the 2010 season were annulled and his name removed from the Union Cycliste Internationale’s World Ranking.

Valverde’s suspension will run until December 31, 2011 leaving him free to return to racing from January 1 2012.  

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  • Brian

    Eusebio Unze must be so sad… Well I guess it is not too late for Movistar to sign Di Luca, especially if Clentador get the 2 years ban that he deserves for his positive test during last year’s Tour .

  • Steve Upchurch

    At last the final nail is driven home. I hope he does not appear in the peloton again! Why has it taken so long??

  • Colin Ock

    What a shame we won’t see this great guy and all round good sport competing in 2011.