LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The world's top sports court has given Spanish authorities six months to hand over a blood bag at the center of a doping probe involving cyclist Alejandro Valverde, one of the favorites in this year's Tour de Fance.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday that it has suspended the case until it receives the evidence. After that, the court will hear an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union against a Spanish decision not to open disciplinary proceedings against Valverde.
Valverde, who won the first stage of this year's Tour, was implicated in Spain's wide-ranging Operation Puerto doping probe last year but has denied any wrongdoing.
Valverde already has been the subject of one CAS decision, winning the right to compete in last year's cycling world championships after the UCI tried to prevent him from racing.