I have a hard time believing that the Spanish authorities have released the blood bags confiscated in Operation Puerto 10 years ago. If I were a betting guy, which I can be, I would have put a lot down that those blood bags were going to be destroyed.
It is weird thinking that it has been 10 years and it is the same old. I bet Valverde is happy that the Italians set him on the pious path and that he’s already served his suspension. Supposedly there are 35 different athletes associated with the 211 bags of blood. The chart below is a good guestimate of who’s blood is there. I still can’t believe Mancebo had 20 bags. I’m not sure how you get that many bags of non-stale blood stored. They must of drained him dry after putting some of the older stuff back in?
Seems like most everyone is getting a sample of the blood. Maybe not USADA. Seems like they like to be part of the party. They are again, supposedly, sending the samples off to Spanish cycling federation, the UCI, WADA and the Italian Olympic Committee. Seems like enough to start with.
The rumor was there were a bunch of Spanish football players that did the World Cup, plus a very famous Spanish tennis star involved, so that is why this all took so long. I guess we’lll see if those rumors come true.
The weird thing is that the same judge that ruled on releasing the blood acquitted the doctor at the heart of the investigation, Eufemiano Fuentes, and three others involved for crimes against public health. He ruled that blood isn’t a medicinal product. Wow. I think that blood is pretty medicinal. Like the most “medicinal product” our bodies contain. But, law is law.
Anyway, this should be interesting I guess we’ll find out who was hiding under some of those rocks.