Alejandro Valverde to Appeal Doping Verdict
Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde received a global two-year ban Monday for his connection to a blood-doping ring but was allowed to keep his 2009 Spanish Vuelta victory.
medalist, into retirement and saw Italy's Ivan Basso serve a two-year ban.
On Sunday, Basso completed his return to the highest level by winning his second Giro d'Italia . The first was clinched in May 2006 just days after the original Puerto raids.