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...]

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...]

German Erik Zabel Admits To Doping EPO And More

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BERLIN, Germany, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Former German sprinter Erik Zabel admitted to having used doping products including EPO from 1996 to 2004, in an interview published on German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung's website on Sunday. He also admitted to blood doping and using cortisone. Zabel's admission comes a few days after he was named in a French government report that … [Read more...]

French EPO Report No Shock To Lance Armstrong

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LONDON, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said Thursday he was "not surprised" that 18 leading riders in the 1998 Tour de France have been named by the French Senate as having taken the blood-boosting agent EPO. The American said "virtually all of us" broke doping rules after the French Senate released a report saying 18 riders, including the top two finishers … [Read more...]

Jeroen Blijlevens Quits Team Belkin After EPO Report

THE HAGUE, South Holland, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Belkin Pro Cycling are parting company with their sports director, former Dutch rider Jeroen Blijlevens, after he was named in a report into doping in the 1998 Tour de France, the team said Thursday. "Belkin Pro Cycling and Jeroen Blijlevens are going their separate ways with immediate effect," a statement said after he was named, along … [Read more...]

Aussie Stuart O’Grady Admits To Using EPO

SYDNEY, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Newly-retired Australian cycling great Stuart O'Grady has admitted to using the banned blood-booster EPO before the 1998 Tour de France, reports said Thursday. The confession comes just three days after the 39-year-old Olympic gold medalist and 17-time Tour rider announced his retirement from the sport. "Leading into the Tour I made a decision, I … [Read more...]

Pantani, Ullrich Unveiled As EPO Cheats By French Drugs Commission

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by Frédéric BOURIGAULT PARIS, France, July 24, 2013 (AFP) - Italian Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich both used the banned blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO) during the 1998 Tour de France, a damning French parliamentary commission report said Wednesday. Pantani, who died of a cocaine overdose in 2004, won the controversial 1998 race, with Ullrich taking second place. … [Read more...]

Mauro Santambrogio Tests Positive For EPO At Giro

LAUSANNE, June 03, 2013 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Mauro Santambrogio tested positive for EPO during last month's Giro d'Italia, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Monday. The 28-year-old finished ninth overall on the Giro and won the 14th stage but tested positive for the banned blood-booster on the opening stage on May 4. He thus becomes the second Vini Fantini rider 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...]