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Major Doping Probe in Spain Detailed

A story in the Madrid daily "El Pais" has detailed a major doping probe in Spain that shows at least 58 professional cyclists may have received prohibited substances and blood transfusions in recent years.

According to the article published Sunday, Civil Guard police investigations have shown that at least 15 members of the cycling team formerly known as Liberty Seguros were among the 58.

The story says former Liberty director Manolo Saiz is one of the alleged ringleaders of the doping scheme. Saiz resigned from the team after he and others were arrested in May, when police seized large amounts of steroids, hormones and the endurance-boosting substance EPO. Four cyclists, all Spaniards, also were named in the El Pais story.

The Spanish Cycling Federation announced on its Web site that it would take legal action over the leaked secret police investigation. Several dozen professional Spanish cyclists boycotted a road race in Madrid Sunday to protest the publication by El Pais.

Some information for this report was provided by AP