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...]

Former Top Dutch Cyclist Michael Boogerd Admits To Doping

The Hague, March 6, 2013 (AFP) - Former top Dutch cyclist Michael Boogerd has admitted doping from 1997 to the end of his career in 2007 in an interview to be aired on Wednesday. The 40-year-old, who won two stages of the Tour de France in 1996 and 2002, admitted using the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), cortisone, as well as receiving blood transfusions. He is the … [Read more...]

No Evidence To Support Performance Advantage Of EPO

PARIS, Dec 6, 2012 - Cyclists who dope themselves with EPO may not gain any performance advantage even though they are putting their health at risk, scientists said on Thursday. In a review of the evidence, a team of European researchers scoffed at the entrenched notion that EPO gives cyclists an edge. And they pointed out that the drug has many perils for those who use … [Read more...]

South African Champ David George Tests Positive

CAPE TOWN, Nov 6, 2012 - South African cycling champion, and former Lance Armstrong teammate, David George has tested positive for a banned substance, the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport said on Tuesday. George, a former Olympian, tested positive for erythropoietin -- a hormone that increases the athlete's red blood cell count, helping boost oxygen carrying capacity and so … [Read more...]

Inquiry Opened Into Longo Doping Affair

GRENOBLE, France, Sept 16, 2011 (AFP) - An inquiry has been opened by a court in the southeastern city of Grenoble into claims that the husband and coach of French cycling heroine Jeannie Longo purchased the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin). Former professional Joe Papp, an American who turned to supplying banned drugs to cyclists after being banned for doping himself, claims he … [Read more...]

Valverde Doping Challenge Fails At Swiss Hurdle

GENEVA - Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde has lost the latest round of his lengthy attempt to overturn Italian anti-doping sanctions, according to a ruling published by the Swiss supreme court Friday. Valverde had asked the Swiss Federal Tribunal to overturn a decision by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport rejecting his appeal against a two year ban in 2009 from racing on … [Read more...]

Spanish Rider Valverde Banned Until End of 2011

Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde on Monday received a two-year ban from world sport's top court, the CAS, over his implication in the Operation Puerto drugs scandal which erupted in 2006. The ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport will please several bodies who have been campaigning to see an Italy-wide ban on the Spaniard extended worldwide. The ban was backdated to January 1, … [Read more...]

Italy’s Paolini And 28 Others Face Trial For Doping

ROME, April 24, 2010 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Luca Paolini and 28 others have been charged with doping after a four-year investigation, the sporting daily La Gazzetta Dello Sport reported Saturday. Among the co-accused to be tried in Bergamo, northern Italy, is retired rider Eddy Mazzoleni, who came in third in Italy's 2007 Giro, the paper said. Elisa Basso, the sister of cycling star … [Read more...]

Vino, Mayo and Moreni To Face Criminal Charges

PAU, France, July 12, 2008 (AFP) - Former Astana team leader Alexandre Vinokourov is among three riders set to face criminal charges following the discovery of drugs at last year's Tour de France, a report said on Friday. According to Sud Ouest newspaper Vinokourov, kicked off last year's race along with his former team, will face the charges along with Spaniard Iban Mayo and Italian … [Read more...]