Request to release Valverde blood samples rejectedA request from Italian anti-doping authorities to receive a blood sample they want to test as part of an investigation into cyclist Alejandro Valverde’s involvement was recently rejected by a Spanish judge.

Valverde has been summoned to make an appearance before the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) for discussing a possible violation of anti-doping rules.

Doping is not termed as a criminal offence in Spain though those who supply banned substances could be tried for a violation of public health.