PARIS, May 2, 2012 – Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi will on
Thursday receive the 2011 Tour of Italy pink jersey following the
disqualification of Alberto Contador.
Contador won the 2011 Giro on the road but lost it after testing positive
for a banned substance in last season’s Tour de France.
With the Spaniard’s 2011 results wiped from cycling’s record books
Scarponi, who finished runner-up at 6min 10sec, was designated the official
The award ceremony will take place in Herning, Denmark, two days before the
start of the 2012 Giro for which Scarponi will line up again as one of the
“It will be a welcome reward, a prize for a very good performance in last
year’s Giro,” said the Lampre team rider.
“But I would like to experience the feeling of winning the pink jersey on
the road, that will be an added motivating factor for this Giro which is about
to get underway.”
Contador was banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for
testing positive for anabolic steroid clenbuterol.
He is planning to make his comeback in the Tour of Benelux in August.