Fears for whereabouts of Manzano

Concern for welfare of ex-Kelme rider Jesus Manzano, who received death threats after speaking out a

Concern for welfare of ex-Kelme rider Jesus Manzano, who received death threats after speaking out a
Ivano Fanini, manager of the Amore e Vita cycling team that took on doping whistleblower Jesus Manzano back in March, has expressed his concerns on the whereabouts of the Spanish rider, who has not been in contact with his family or team for several days. "Currently, no one is able to tell me where Manzano is or give me any information on his state of health," Fanini told the Italian press in Rome on Tuesday. "I have managed to speak to his mother on a few occasions but, worryingly, the news she has given me has not been all that clear." Fanini did manage to glean the information that Manzano's mother did not know where he was because he was no longer living with her. The only other vague piece of information Fanini revealed about Manzano's recent movements was that the former Kelme rider had called Amore e Vita directeur sportif Roberto Pelliconi in tears after leaving a Spanish hospital where he had apparently been told he would never be able to cycle competitively again. Describing Manzano's mood as "depressed", Fanini explained: "He disappeared then without leaving any trace of where he was going." Manzano, who revealed details of substantial drug taking during his period with Kelme in the Spanish newspaper AS early this year, was due to meet a French TV crew in Madrid to be interviewed about his doping allegations. But he never turned up. Recognising that Manzano was going through "a very difficult period", Fanini raised the possibility that something tragic may have occurred. "I'm very worried because of the death threats Manzano received repeatedly after his decision to break the wall of silence that surrounds cycling." Fanini added: "I hope my fears are unfounded and I trust the Spanish authorities will do what they can to find out what has happened to Manzano."
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