Scarponi Faces Ban From CONI For Ferrari Visits

TURIN, Italy, Nov 20, 2012 (AFP) – Former Tour of Italy winner Michele
Scarponi is facing a three-month ban, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI)
said Tuesday, for infringing rules on consulting prohibited persons.

Scarponi is one of many athletes alleged to have consulted with Michele
Ferrari, the doctor at the center 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 center of a sophisticated doping network
involving athletes, sports agents and corrupt banking officials.

CONI confirmed in a statement Tuesday that Scarponi, who rides for the
Lampre team, as well as fellow Italian professional Giovanni Visconti of the
Movistar team “faced three month bans for consulting with prohibited persons”.

Scarponi was handed the 2011 Tour of Italy title following the
disqualification of Spaniard Alberto Contador.

The statement added that Scarponi had already been “suspended by his team
after admitting in a CONI hearing on November 6 that he had met with Ferrari a
couple of times”.

Former Milan-San Remo champion Filippo Pozzato was also handed a similar
ban earlier this year which deprived him of a place at the Olympic Games, then
the world championships.

CONI added that three-time Italian champion Visconti, meanwhile, has
“always denied having met with prohibited persons”.