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...]

BMC Suspends Ballan and Santambrogio Amid Doping Probe

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ROME, April 9, 2010 (AFP) - Italian rider Alessandro Ballan, whose name has been cited as part of a doping probe in Italy, was on Friday suspended by his BMC team along with teammate Mauro Santambrogio. Ballan, the 2008 world champion, had been due to compete in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix classic in France, a race in which he had twice finished third. "We hope to get more information," … [Read more...]

Thirty-five Under Investigation For Doping

ROME, April 8, 2010 (AFP) - The public prosecutor in the city of Mantua in Lombardy has opened an investigation into 35 people suspected of involvement in doping offenses related to cycling. According to Italian media, the investigation centers around the actions of a local pharmacist, Guido Nigrelli, although prosecutor Antonio Condorelli refused to comment on his alleged involvement. … [Read more...]