COURT CLOSES DOPING INVESTIGATION

A Madrid court has closed the Operation Puerto investigation into a cycling doping ring after it concluded no criminal offences had been committed. The probe, which had been closed in March 2007, was reopened to look into possible offences against public health by doctors involved in the case. Operation Puerto was launched in 2006 after raids in Spain uncovered doping products and equipment. Over 200 code-named blood bags linked to leading cyclists were also found. Spanish police listed more than 50 riders implicated in the affair, including former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich, Tour of Spain winner Roberto Heras and Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso.

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