Climbers On Lampre Roster To Aid Scarponi Giro d’Italia Bid

PARIS, April 30, 2013 (AFP) - Italian rider Michele Scarponi will have three specialist climbers to help his bid to regain the Giro d'Italia title which he won in 2011 after Lampre announced their team on Tuesday. Scarponi - who was awarded the race when Alberto Contador was stripped of the title following his failed drugs test in the 2010 Tour de France - will have Poland's Przemyslav … [Read more...]

Scarponi Banned For Ferrari Visits

Tiralongo About To get The Best of Scarponi on Giro Stage 7

ROME, Dec 13, 2012 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy winner Michele Scarponi was on Thursday banned for three months by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) over his contacts with Michele Ferrari, the doctor at the centre of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Ferrari is one of several individuals being investigated by prosecutors in Padua. He is accused of being at the centre of a … [Read more...]

Scarponi Faces Ban From CONI For Ferrari Visits

TURIN, Italy, Nov 20, 2012 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy winner Michele Scarponi is facing a three-month ban, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Tuesday, for infringing rules on consulting prohibited persons. Scarponi is one of many athletes alleged to have consulted with Michele Ferrari, the doctor at the center of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Ferrari is one of several … [Read more...]

Michele Scarponi Suspended By Team Lampre

Tiralongo About To get The Best of Scarponi on Giro Stage 7

PARIS, Nov 6, 2012 (AFP) - The Lampre team have suspended Italian rider Michele Scarponi, winner of the 2011 Tour of Italy, for contacts with controversial doctor Michele Ferrari, banned for life following a US doping investigation, reported on Tuesday. "We have followed our internal medical procedure and Michele has been suspended by the team doctor Carlo … [Read more...]

Scarponi, Menchov Get Snared In Doping Report

Tiralongo About To get The Best of Scarponi on Giro Stage 7

MILAN, Oct 19, 2012 (AFP) - Investigators probing Lance Armstrong's former sports doctor now have evidence linking former Giro d'Italia winners Michele Scarponi and Denis Menchov to Michele Ferrari, a report said Friday. Ferrari has already been handed a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for his role in what it termed as the biggest doping programme in sporting … [Read more...]

Scarponi To Receive Contador’s Giro Pink Jersey

PARIS, May 2, 2012 - Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi will on Thursday receive the 2011 Tour of Italy pink jersey following the disqualification of Alberto Contador. Contador won the 2011 Giro on the road but lost it after testing positive for a banned substance in last season's Tour de France. With the Spaniard's 2011 results wiped from cycling's record books Scarponi, who … [Read more...]

Scarponi Looks To Petacchi To Help In Vuelta Dreams

PARIS, Aug 16, 2011 (AFP) - Italian rider Michele Scarponi said he will look to legendary sprinter Alessandro Petacchi for inspiration after Lampre announced that he will lead their challenge on the Tour of Spain. Scarponi, 31, added that whilst he was in good form having finished second in the Tour of Italy behind Alberto Contador in May, he would look to win stages initially and then … [Read more...]

Scarponi, Nibali Race For Crucial Second Place

ROME, May 24, 2011 - An imminent duel between Michele Scarponi and Vincenzo Nibali will take on special significance over the remaining five stages on the Tour of Italy as the pair battle for what could turn out to be overall triumph on the race. On Tuesday Spaniard Alberto Contador tightened his grip on the race's fabled pink jersey with an impressive victory in the 16th stage … [Read more...]

Contador Climbs Into Giro Lead After Etna Win

REFUGIO SAPIENZA, Italy, May 15, 2011 - Spain's Alberto Contador swept to the top of the Tour of Italy standings after the Saxo Bank rider won the ninth stage on Mount Etna here on Sunday. The controversial three-time Tour de France winner attacked seven kilometers from the finish to come home clear of Venezuelan climber Jose Rujano at the 1892m summit on the south side of the Sicilian … [Read more...]

Dumoulin Wins Tour of Catalonia Fifth Stage

MADRID, March 25, 2011 - France's Samuel Dumoulin of the Cofidis team won Friday's fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia in a sprint finish, while embattled Spanish rider Alberto Contador retained the leader's jersey. Dumoulin covered the 205.8-kilometer ride from Vendrell to Tarragona, the longest stage of this year's event, in four hours and 49 minutes. He edged Spain's Jose … [Read more...]