Puerto verdict to be appealed

MADRID -- The Spanish state prosecutor's office is appealing the verdict in the Operation Puerto blood-doping case, including the decision to destroy hundreds of blood bags that anti-doping agencies had asked to be handed over for analysis.

Eduardo Esteban, the Madrid province's chief prosecutor, says his office has appealed various parts of the verdict.

Besides asking for the blood bags not to be destroyed, the appeal seeks for the suspended sentence for doctor Eufemiano Fuentes to be increased from one year to two.

It also argues that former cycling team official Ignacio Labarta's sentence of four months should be increased to two years.