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...]

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...]

Danilo Di Luca Doping Hearing Date Set

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 … [Read more...]

Multiple Offender Danilo Di Luca Needs Help, Says Giro Chief

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by Justin Davis SILANDRO, Italy, May 25, 2013 (AFP) - Giro d'Italia officials on Friday hit out at Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca after he quit the race in disgrace following a positive test for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin). Former winner Di Luca departed the race on Friday -- when the 19th stage was cancelled due to heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures in the … [Read more...]

Danilo Di Luca Suspended After Testing Positive For EPO

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by Justin Davis PONTE DI LEGNO, Italy, May 24, 2013 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca, currently competing at the 96th Giro d'Italia, has been "provisionally suspended" after testing positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test before the race. Di Luca, who has already served a ban for failing a doping test at the Giro and has been embroiled in other doping affairs, … [Read more...]

Police Raid Katusha Over Doping Suspicions

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ROME, April 14, 2011 - Italian police raided the racing headquarters of Russian pro cycling outfit Katusha at Lonato in northern Italy on Thursday, seizing five biological passports, the team have announced. "The police asked only for the biological passports of five riders, one of whom is no longer on our books," Katusha said in a team statement. "We have fully cooperated, giving … [Read more...]

UCI Gives Di Luca Green Light To Race

PARIS - World cycling chiefs have given former Tour of Italy champion Danilo Di Luca the green light to start competing again after the Italian paid a fine relating to a recent doping ban. Di Luca twice tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO (erythropoietin) during the 2009 Tour of Italy, in which he finished second behind Russian Denis Menchov. Article 326 of the UCI … [Read more...]

Di Luca To Race For Team Katusha

ROME - Italy's Danilo Di Luca, suspended for one and half years for doping, which is ending in January, has signed for the Russian Team Katusha, where he has no fixed salary and will be paid in premiums and bonus, it was announced Monday in La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I feel like a new man and I will run free, "said Di Luca. We have defined pay with Andrei Tchmil (former rider, president of … [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...]

Bosisio Gets Two-Year Doping Ban From Coni

ROME, April 28, 2010 - Italian Gabriele Bosisio was on Wednesday hit with a two-year doping ban by the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) after testing positive for the banned blood-booster EPO. The 29-year-old ex-LPR team-mate of disgraced former Tour of Italy winner Danilo Di Luca, also serving a dope ban, tested positive in a surprise out of competition test last September. His ban … [Read more...]