The physician on the centre of the Spanish doping investigation “Operación Ilex”, Marcos Maynar, has explicitly denied ever giving banned substances to Colombian Miguel Ángel López.
The UCI provisionally suspended López in July after an investigation by the Worldwide Testing Company (ITA), which administers all doping controls for the federation.
The ITA obtained the file from the Spanish Guardia Civil and Spanish Anti-Doping Organisation and used these information to find out López’s anti-doping rule violation.
Maynar is accused of distributing prohibited substances via a sports activities physiology clinic on the College of Extremadura. The investigation turned up hyperlinks between Maynar and López, which led Astana Qazaqstan to first droop, then reinstate, after which fireplace López in 2022.
Maynar beforehand asserted López’s innocence in January, saying, “I might put my hand within the fireplace that he has by no means used banned substances in his life” and stated he solely provided “dietary assist”.
In an interview with Mundo Ciclistico printed at the moment, Maynar stated López insisted his recommendation embody no doping substances.
“How am I going to ship this man one thing and ship it to him with the controls which can be made on the Giro, on the Tour? Particularly in Italy. It is absurd,” Maynar stated.
López has lengthy asserted his innocence, saying his organic passport was clear.
Maynar additionally believes he shall be discovered harmless.
“If I’ve made any errors, then errors should be paid for. I will pay and acknowledge it. I haven’t got an issue. However after all, with doping, I have not had any issues. And it is going to be demonstrated,” Maynar stated.