Disgraced Doper Danilo Di Luca Banned For Life

ROME, Dec 05, 2013 - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca was on Thursday banned for life after testing positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) before this year's Tour of Italy. The punishment was meted out by the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni). Di Luca, 37, failed the control in an out of competition test on April 29, forcing him to quit the Giro d'Italia. The … [Read more...]

Frank Schleck Handed One-Year Doping Ban

LUXEMBOURG, Jan 30, 2013 (AFP) - Frank Schleck was banned for one year by Luxembourg's anti-doping body (ALAD) on Wednesday for failing a drugs test on last year's Tour de France, the body's president Robert Schuller announced. The 32-year-old Schleck, who was third on the 2011 Tour, tested positive for the banned diuretic Xipamide. Schleck can appeal the sanction, which was … [Read more...]

French Rider Houanard Gets Two-Year Ban For Doping

PARIS, Jan 22, 2013 (AFP) - French rider Steve Houanard was on Tuesday banned for two years by world cycling's governing body, the UCI, after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO. Houanard, who has no major wins to his credit, raced for the AG2R La Mondiale team, which has not renewed his contract. A professional since 2009, he tested positive in an … [Read more...]

Contador Is Banned, Stripped of Tour de France Title

LAUSANNE, Feb 6, 2012 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador on Monday received a two-year ban for doping during the 2010 Tour de France and was stripped of his victory in the race. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said Contador's suspension runs through to August 6, 2012, which means that the Spaniard loses his 2010 Tour victory and will be unable to take part in this year's … [Read more...]

Astarloa Banned For Two Years For Doping

GENEVA, Dec 1, 2010 (AFP) - Spain's 2003 world road race champion Igor Astarloa has been banned from cycling for two years and fined 35,000 euros for doping, the International Cycling Union said Wednesday. The UCI said it had asked the Spanish Cycling Federation to investigate Astarloa "for a breach of the Anti-Doping Rules on the basis of his biological passport." Following … [Read more...]

Sentjens Admits Doping, Announces Retirement

BRUSSELS - Belgian cyclist Roy Sentjens announced his retirement from the sport on Saturday after admitting taking the banned blood booster EPO. The Milram team rider's decision follows the provisional ban he received on Wednesday from cycling's ruling body the UCI triggered by his positive test for EPO in an out-of-competition control in August. Sentjens, who had originally denied any … [Read more...]

Lobato Suspended Using The Biological Passport For Two Years

Spanish rider Ruben Lobato has been banned for two years for doping by his national federation based on irregular readings on his biological passport, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Tuesday. Lobato was one of the first five riders to be charged with doping based on biological passport readings in June 2009 along with compatriots Igor Astarloa and Riccardo Serrano, and Italians … [Read more...]

Three Riders Banned From Tour of Austria For Doping

VIENNA, July 1, 2010 - Austrian cyclists Michael Knopf, Josef Kugler and Hannes Gruendlinger have been banned from taking part in this year's Tour of Austria for doping, the national cycling association announced Thursday. The decision comes after the Austrian anti-doping agency NADA said it was investigating the three athletes on suspicion of doping. Although the three cyclists … [Read more...]

Give Dopers and Cheats A Lifetime Ban, says Stuart O’Grady

by Justin Davis LAVELANET, France, July 17, 2008 (AFP) - Australian Stuart O'Grady has called for dope cheats to be handed life bans following the latest scandal to hit the Tour de France on Thursday. O'Grady spoke out after Ricardo Ricco, one of Italy's biggest cycling stars, left the Tour under a cloud after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) … [Read more...]