Cycling’s controversial sports doctor, Alberto Beltran, who’s often referred to as “the king of doping”, was arrested in Colombia yesterday at the request of Spanish authorities.
Alberto Beltran, who has both Spanish and Colombian nationalities, was wanted in Spain for narcotics trafficking.
According to Colombia’s national police, he was the head of a distribution network supplying high performance athletes – especially cyclists – with doping products.
Spain had issued an alert on Interpol to Colombian authorities, requesting Beltran’s detention.
Beltran, a specialist in sports medicine at the Salpetriere and Cochin hospitals in Paris, was previously arrested in 2001 in Italy and 2012 in Spain for possession of doping substances.
He is currently being held at a prison in Bogota, and awaiting extradition to Spanish authorities.
In the past, Beltan worked with several teams, including the now-defunct Spanish clubs Liberty Seguros and Xacobeo, with several riders under his management testing positive for banned substances.
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