ROME, Dec 13, 2012 (AFP) – Former Tour of Italy winner Michele Scarponi was
on Thursday banned for three months by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI)
over his contacts with Michele Ferrari, the doctor at the centre of the Lance
Armstrong doping scandal.
Ferrari is one of several individuals being investigated by prosecutors in
Padua. He is accused of being at the centre of a sophisticated doping network
involving athletes, sports agents and corrupt banking officials.
Reacting to the ruling Scarponi, who rides for Lampre, said: “I accept the
verdict of three months even if I was hoping to escape punishment. My
conscience is clear.”
Scarponi’s suspension was backdated to October 1.
The 33-year-old, who was also fined 10,000 euros, has admitted visiting
Ferrari twice in September 2010.
He is free to ride again from the end of this month.
In 2006 Scarponi was suspended for 18 months for his involvement in the
‘Operation Puerto’ blood doping scandal.