MILAN, Aug 28, 2013 (AFP) – Disgraced Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca has
been summoned to a doping hearing next week, anti-doping officials said
Wednesday, which could see him banned from the sport for life.
Di Luca quit the 96th edition of the Giro d’Italia earlier this year after
testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin).
The 37-year-old Italian, a former winner of his country’s biggest race, had
previously served two bans for doping, prompting Giro chief Michele Acquarone
to declare: “He’s needs help.”
Anti-doping officials with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) have set Di
Luca’s hearing for September 4 at their offices adjacent to the Olympic
Stadium in Rome, they said Wednesday.
Di Luca’s latest brush with the sport’s officials even prompted disgraced
American Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France crowns
earlier this year, to react via a message on his twitter feed.
The American said: “Knowing I have 0 cred on the doping issue – I still
can’t help but think, ‘really Di Luca? Are you that stupid??’.”