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Valverde knocked out of Tour de France

Updated: June 23, 2009, 8:57 PM ET
Reuters

PARIS -- Spaniard Alejandro Valverde will miss the Tour de France as a result of the two-year suspension imposed on him in Italy, his Caisse d'Epargne team said on Tuesday.

Valverde, the world's top-ranked rider, was banned by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) last month but the punishment only applies within their borders.

CONI said blood samples he gave at a doping control when last year's Tour entered Italy matched DNA from code-named bags of blood discovered in Spain's Operacion ...

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