Earthtimes carries the story on Italian pro cyclist Ivan Basso, the elite cyclist who found Operation Puerto and Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes injected into his illustrious career. Interesting that when Lance Armstrong won the string of Tour de France races Basso and Germany's Jan Ullrich put put up the strongest challenges; both are now considered disgraced dopers.
Cyclist Ivan Bassoi on Tuesday received a six-month prison sentence, which was converted to a fine of 10,800 euros, for his involvement in the Spanish doping scandal known as Operacion Puerto. Basso, who wasn't present in court, received the punishment after reaching an agreement with Italian authorities to avoid a drawn-out prosecution. The 30-year-old reached the deal because he wanted to put the scandal behind him and return to racing, said his lawyers.
Basso was banned from the sport for his links with Spanish Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, the man at the centre of the Operacion Puerto anti-doping investigation carried out by Spanish authorities. The cyclist confessed to giving blood to Fuentes and was subsequently banned for two years on June 15, 2007 by the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI). The time he had already spent under team suspension whilst riding for CSC and temporary suspension since leaving Discovery were taken into consideration
It was reported last month that Operation Puerto produced little or nothing in results; apparently not true.