Detectives in Spain have been gathering evidence from all over Europe about Dr Eufemiano Fuentes since first raiding his offices in 2006. The investigation, known as “Operation Puerto”, has revealed one of the most extensive drug rings in sports history.
When Fuentes finally appears in court next Monday charged with public health offences, it will mark the start of a trial expected to last two months and at which cycling’s rampant culture of drug use will be exposed again, just days after Lance Armstrong’s dramatic confession on US television to Oprah Winfrey.
But despite Fuentes freely admitting to working with professional footballers and tennis players as well as cyclists, the Spanish authorities have ruled that the case will only cover his involvement in cycling.
The failure to explore in court Fuentes’s work outside cycling has infuriated the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and led to accusations of a cover-up to limit the impact on Spain’s sporting reputation.