Former cyclist Vicente Belda suspected of doping ring

Madrid (EFE) disbanded the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard.

Sources close to the investigation told EFE that both were linked to Marcos Mainar, doctor and professor at the University of Extremadura (UNEX). Last May, Mainar was arrested, among other alleged crimes, for drug trafficking. The judge released him with the charges after an announcement in Cáceres Court No. 4.

An operation during which Meinar’s assistant, a doctor of exercise physiology, was also arrested.

In total, eight people are being investigated in this conspiracy, whose participants were on specific missions, such as obtaining chemical components that they later mixed to make illegal drugs, including menotropin, used for doping.

The network used the facilities of the University of Extremadura to serve clients that were taken over by other members.

Marcos Meinar, involved in the same doping network as Vicente Belda and his son.

According to sources, it was Mainar who allegedly prepared the training sessions for athletes, including a food supplement with drugs and substances prohibited in sports. When preparing a “cocktail”, the customer’s chances of winning their competitions were always taken into account.

Another one of those under investigation, in this case in the Basque Country, is ex-flyer Ángel Vazquez Iglesias, who in 2007 was sanctioned for doping until 2010, but even in this case he managed to enter some competitions before the expiration of his sanctions.

Apparently, Vazquez Iglesias recruited children to send them as clients to Mainar, among them a minor who is a member of the provincial swimming federation.

Colombian cyclist Miguel Angel “Superman” López, a runner from Astana, was also under investigation as part of the operation named Ilex, although later Caceres Court No. 4, which directed the investigation, “challenged” him and called him as a witness. to check if he used any substances online, the sources said.

The investigation remains open with the cooperation of the security forces of other countries to which these illicit drugs were supplied.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at