MONTE GRAPPA, Italy, May 30, 2014 – The Italian Olympic Committee
(Coni) on Friday suspended now-retired two-time Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli
for six months for having frequented Michele Ferrari, the doctor of disgraced
drugs cheat Lance Armstrong.
The 41-year-old Savoldelli, who won the Tour of Italy in 2002 and 2005 and
retired in 2008, received a reduced retrospective sanction because of lack of
proof that he had doped.
Coni had taken the step to investigate the Italian rider from the US
Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dossier on Armstrong, transmitted via the
International Cycling Union (UCI).
Savoldelli raced for one season in 2005 alongside Armstrong. He remained
for another season in the Discovery Channel team run by Johan Bruyneel.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from
the sport for life in October 2012 after the USADA produced evidence of
widespread doping by him and his former team-mates.
The USADA last month banned Armstrong’s former sports director Bruyneel
from all sport for 10 years over his role in drug-taking in cycling.