CAS to hear Valverde's appeal on ban

Updated: June 19, 2009, 1:04 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Sport's highest court will hear Alejandro Valverde's appeal to overturn a doping ban that stops him from riding in the Tour de France.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday it would try to schedule the case as soon as possible. The Tour begins July 4.

Valverde is challenging a two-year ban imposed last month by the Italian Olympic Committee, or CONI, that prevents him from riding in Italy. The three-week Tour heads into Italy on July 21.

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