Alessandro Ballan Banned Two Years For Doping By CONI

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ROME, Jan 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances". A … [Read more...]

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...]

BMC Racing Team Statement: Alessandro Ballan

Ballan The BMC Racing Team is aware of, and will continue to monitor, CONI's legal proceedings involving Alessandro Ballan. Prior to a decision by the relevant authorities, the team will rely upon internal policies to determine the status of Ballan. At this time, no decision to remove him from active status has been made. As has been previously stated, the charges stem from a time period prior … [Read more...]

CONI Demands Danilo Di Luca Life Ban For Doping

ROME, Oct 14, 2013 - Anti-doping officials from the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Monday requested a life ban against cyclist Danilo Di Luca for doping. Di Luca, 37, quit this year's Giro d'Italia after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) out of competition on April 29. CONI said in a statement that it was the rider's second violation of … [Read more...]

CONI Set To Probe Cipollini Operation Puerto Doping Allegations

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MILAN, Feb 11, 2013 - Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) said Monday it had launched a probe following newspaper allegations that retired cyclist Mario Cipollini was a client of a sports doctor currently on trial in Spain on doping charges. Cipollini, world champion in 2002, was accused Saturday by La Gazzetta dello Sport of being a client of Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who is … [Read more...]

Scarponi Banned For Ferrari Visits

Tiralongo About To get The Best of Scarponi on Giro Stage 7

ROME, Dec 13, 2012 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy winner Michele Scarponi was on Thursday banned for three months by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) over his contacts with Michele Ferrari, the doctor at the centre of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Ferrari is one of several individuals being investigated by prosecutors in Padua. He is accused of being at the centre of a … [Read more...]

Scarponi Faces Ban From CONI For Ferrari Visits

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TURIN, Italy, Nov 20, 2012 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy winner Michele Scarponi is facing a three-month ban, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Tuesday, for infringing rules on consulting prohibited persons. Scarponi is one of many athletes alleged to have consulted with Michele Ferrari, the doctor at the center of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Ferrari is one of several … [Read more...]

Pozzato ‘Calm’ After His CONI Anti-Doping Hearing

ROME, June 19, 2012 (AFP) - Italian rider Filippo Pozzato, who is preparing to compete in the London Olympics, said he was "calm" on Tuesday after appearing before the anti-doping prosecutor of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), reports said. CONI said in a statement on Monday that they had summonsed Pozzato to the hearing in Rome to explain "news which has appeared in the press … [Read more...]

Coni Recommends 12-year Ban For Ricco

ROME, Oct 12, 2011 - The Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Wednesday recommended a 12-year ban for disgraced cyclist Riccardo Ricco over an apparent self-transfusion. Ricco ended up in hospital in February with kidney problems after apparently trying to give himself a blood transfusion. The incident came to light because he was close to death at one point and the doctor who … [Read more...]

Investigation Reveals Ricco Self-Transfusion

ROME, Sept 5, 2011 (AFP) - An investigation into banned Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco concluded that he did perform a blood transfusion on himself, the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper reported on Monday. According to witness statements collected by police in Modena and seen by the paper, the 27-year-old carried out the transfusion on February 6 and was subsequently hospitalized with kidney … [Read more...]