Danes snub banned cyclist

COPENHAGEN - Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde, who has been banned from racing in Italy after being implicated in the Operation Puerto doping scandal, was yesterday told that he was also not welcome on the Tour of Denmark.

COPENHAGEN - Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde, who has been banned from racing in Italy after being implicated in the Operation Puerto doping scandal, was yesterday told that he was also not welcome on the Tour of Denmark.

"His two-year ban from racing in Italy should be applied to the entire world," said race director Jesper Worre.

The 29-year-old Valverde was handed the two-year ban by the tribunal of the Italian Olympic Committee on Monday, and will miss the Tour de France, which passes through Italy. - Sapa-AFP

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