Stefan Schumacher Cleared Of Deceiving Team Over Doping

BERLIN, Oct 29, 2013 (AFP) - German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was Tuesday cleared by a court in Stuttgart of deceiving his ex-employers. The 32-year-old was banned for two years, later reduced on appeal by several months, after testing positive for banned blood-booster CERA, a derivative of EPO, during the 2008 Tour de France and Beijing Olympics later that same year. The public … [Read more...]

‘I Took Drugs Like Pasta,’ Admits Stefan Schumacher

BERLIN, March 29, 2013 (AFP) - German rider Stefan Schumacher, who has served a two-year doping ban, has admitted regularly knocking back a cocktail of performance-enhancing drugs, likening it to eating pasta after training. Schumacher was caught in October 2008 when a sample taken during that July's Tour de France was shown to have contained CERA, a variant of the banned … [Read more...]

Ricco Goes To CAS To Appeal 12-year Doping Ban

PARIS, June 26, 2012 - Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco is to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to have his 12-year doping ban overturned, the CAS announced on Tuesday. Having already served a 20-month ban for doping during the 2008 Tour de France, during which he was found to have taken the banned blood-booster CERA, Ricco almost died in February last year after … [Read more...]

Ricco Suspended By Italian Olympic Committee

ROME, June 10, 2011 (AFP) - Controversial Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco was on Friday suspended by his country's national Olympic committee's (CONI) anti-doping body, a source said. The ban applies to events inside Italy as well as abroad. The 27-year-old Ricco had already been suspended on Wednesday by the Italian cycling federation on health grounds, four months after he went … [Read more...]

Ricco – The Film

The movie script for the life of Riccardo Riccò just got that little bit more surreal on Sunday. It opens on a Tuscan hillside with a young prodigy winning every race he enters at junior level. Quickly noticed for the national Italian amateur squad, he then progresses to the pro ranks and is whispered to be the next big thing. Scene 3, Lots of landscapes and training montage: The movie would … [Read more...]

Ricco In Hospital After Getting Ill During Training

ROME, Feb 8, 2011 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco has been hospitalized after he was taken ill during training, Italian news agency ANSA reported late Monday. The Vacansoleil racer was first reported to be in a critical condition but later reports said he was making progress. ANSA said that "his state of health, critical to start off with - according to the Nuovo Ospedale … [Read more...]

Di Luca Doping Ban Gets Reduced For Talking

ROME, Oct 15, 2010 (AFP) - Disgraced Italian Danilo Di Luca is set to return to competition in January 2011 after an anti-doping tribunal at the Italian Olympic Commitee (CONI) reduced a two-year doping ban to 15 months Friday. Di Luca, the 2007 Tour of Italy winner, was initially banned for two years after testing positive for the latest generation of the banned blood booster erythropoietin … [Read more...]

Schumacher Time Is Served, But Racing Still On Hold

BERLIN - Germany's Stefan Schumacher will have to wait a bit longer for his return to professional cycling after serving a two-year ban for doping, he said on his website on Saturday. The 29-year-old was caught in October 2008 when a sample taken during that July's Tour de France was shown to have contained CERA, a variant of banned blood-booster EPO, which is a performance-enhancing … [Read more...]

Former Drugs Cheat Ricco Signs For Dutch Team

THE HAGUE - Former drugs cheat Riccardo Ricco signed for Dutch cycling team Vacansoleil on Tuesday on a two year contract, his new outfit announced. The 26-year-old returned from a 20 month suspension in March after he was found to have taken CERA during the 2008 Tour de France. Ricco - nicknamed the 'Cobra' - rode for Ceramica Flaminia this season but wanted to move to a bigger team … [Read more...]

Rebellin Doping Appeal Is Rejected By CAS

THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) REJECTS THE APPEAL OF DAVIDE REBELLIN Lausanne, 30 July 2010 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin against the decision of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of 17 November 2009 disqualifying the athlete from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and … [Read more...]