Cyclists could testify

Prosecutor calls on cyclists to testify
By Eurosport

07/09/2006 at 17:26Updated

A prosecutor in the Spanish investigation into the ‘Operacion Puerto’ blood doping ring has said he will call on the investigating judge to call all of the cyclists involved to testify.

"We would like all of the cyclists to appear as witnesses before the judge so that we can get as many details about the case as possible. The cyclists are not being accused of any crime themselves, but we want them to provide witness testimony over the course of the next month or so,” a spokesman for the prosecutor stated.

The scandal, which broke on the eve of the Tour de France, has implicated over fifty cyclists, and resulted in the suspension of former T-Mobile leader Jan Ullrich and Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso.

Ullrich's career could now be over, as he is set to face a hearing at the Swiss cycling federation, who could impose a life ban if he is found guilty of involvement in the doping ring, orchestrated by Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

While doping is not a criminal offence in Spain, Fuentes is expected to be tried for offences against public health.