Di Luca Suspended After Failing Drug Tests At Tour of Italy

LE GRAND BORNAND, France, July 22, 2009 (AFP) - Italian rider Danilo Di Luca has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday after failing two drug tests for EPO CERA during the Tour of Italy. The 33-year-old LPR team leader, who is not competing in the Tour de France, won two stages of the Giro and wore the leader's pink jersey for eight days. He … [Read more...]

Kohl Implicates Cyclists Dekker and Caucchioli In Report

Vustria's disgraced cyclist Bernhard Kohl has implicated other top cyclists, including Thomas Dekker and Pietro Caucchioli, in an ever-widening Austrian doping scandal, the daily Kurier reported on Sunday. Kohl, who was banned last year after testing positive for EPO CERA, told Austrian investigators that Dekker and Caucchioli had used blood-doping centrifuges acquired by his former manager … [Read more...]

Schumacher’s Career Is Over, Says German Cycling Boss Scharping

FRANKFURT, Germany, May 1, 2009 (AFP) - The career of German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, who tested positive for EPO Cera at both last year's Tour de France and Olympic Games, is finished, German cycling boss Rudolf Scharping said on Friday. "I believe that he will never cycle competitively again," said Scharping, the president of the German Cyling Federation (BRD) at the Eschborn-Frankfurt … [Read more...]

Accused EPO Doper Leonardo Piepoli Fails To Show Up For His Doping Hearing

ROME, Oct 22, 2008 (AFP) - Disgraced Italian cyclist Leonardo Piepoli failed to turn up for his Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) doping hearing on Wednesday, Italian news agency Ansa reported. Piepoli was due to face charges that he had taken the new generation of the blood booster EPO during the Tour de France in July. The 37-year-old did not actually fail a dope test during the Tour, … [Read more...]

No More Doping Positives From Tour de France – L’Equipe Reporting

PARIS, Oct 14, 2008 (AFP) - Austria's Bernhard Kohl will be the "seventh and last" positive doping case from this year's Tour de France, according to sports daily L'Equipe on Tuesday. Kohl, the best climber at this year's race where he finished third overall, has become the fourth rider to test positive for CERA, a new generation of the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin). In all … [Read more...]

IOC Planing To Retest Beijing Olympic Blood Samples

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PARIS, Oct 8, 2008 (AFP) - Blood samples taken at the Beijing Olympics are to be reanalyzed for the banned blood booster EPO using a new detection system developed for the Tour de France, the IOC announced Wednesday. The retroactive controls are designed to seek out the presence of the new generation of EPO known as CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator). The IOC's … [Read more...]

Disgraced Doper Riccardo Ricco Banned For Two Years For EPO

ROME, Oct 2, 2008 (AFP) - Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) officials hit Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco hard on Thursday by increasing a prosecutors' request for a 20-month doping ban to two years. Ricco, 24, was suspended from riding by CONI in July after admitting to using a new strain of the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) during this year's Tour de France. After winning … [Read more...]