What the Puerto dossier revealed

The 38-page Operacion Puerto summary document was just a slice of the expected 500-page final report

The 38-page Operacion Puerto summary document was just a slice of the expected 500-page final report



Although it still remains to be seen what the conclusion of the Operacion Puerto inquiry in Spain will be, it is worth detailing the allegations listed in the 38-page summary document which was shown to the teams on Friday and led to the ejection of 13 riders from the race. The full inquiry document is reported to stretch to more than 500 pages, but here is what has been alleged and made public so far:

Jan Ullrich: “The codename ‘Jan’ appears four times in a document where a list of coded product names appears to relate to blood stored, human growth hormone, IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) and testosterone patches.”

Ivan Basso: “In a telephone conversation (recorded on May 14 at 21.46 between Kelme directeur Ignacio Labarta and Eufemiano Fuentes) Labarta links Basso and [Giro runner-up] Jos Enrique Gutierrez with Fuentes, appearing to identify them as clients. The affirmation of the relationship between Fuentes and Basso allows the linking of the codename ‘Birillo’ and, consequently, the number 2 in the list of blood samples to Ivan Basso.”

Ullrich and Basso: “Document 65 which carries the letterhead of the Biomedisport Canarias SA company, managed by Fuentes, contains a list of the ‘collaborators and participants in the festival of the month of May’. This expression seems to refer to the Tour of Italy in which the following riders on the list were taking part: Ivan Basso, Marcos Serrano, Michele Scarponi, Jos Enrique Gutierrez, Jan Ullrich. The same document seems to establish a relationship between these five riders and the activities of Fuentes’ group.”

Joseba Beloki: “Document 28 makes reference to Joseba Beloki with the annotations for Human Growth Hormone-Lepori, IGF-1, testosterone patches, human growth hormones, EPO and anabolic steroids, coordinated with a blood transfusion programme.”

Oscar Sevilla: “The verbal statement 99/06 identifies Oscar Sevilla, from T-Mobile, arriving with Fuentes and Labarta on May 13 at the apartment on the Calle Caidos de la Division Azul. Four bags of blood were refrigerated. Santiago Botero and Jrg Jaksche are implicated in the same way.”

Paco Mancebo: “The search of Ignacio Labarta’s home turned up documents headed ‘Information on Mancebo’s effort test’, as well as documents relating to his annual programme with the same symbols for the medicines and the blood transfusions, which enabled us to establish a direct link between Francisco Mancebo and the number 17 [in the list].”

Roberto Heras: “During his questioning on May 24, 2006, Manolo Saiz declared that Roberto Heras had told him in 2004 that he wanted Fuentes to be his doctor. Saiz said he refused, before agreeing after Heras insisted.”


T-Mobile directeur Rudy Pevenage: “On May 17 at 23.27 Fuentes receives an SMS message from a Belgian number with the following text: ‘Friend, when can we talk for a bit? Rudicio.’ On May 18, at 12.20 Fuentes receives a call from the same number. Busy, he tells the caller to call back later. ‘This evening,’ he tells him. ‘But there’s a time trial,’ is the reply on the day that Ullrich won a time trial at the Giro. These elements lead to the supposition that the identity of ‘Rudicio’ is Rudy Pevenage.”