Ricco In Hospital After Getting Ill During Training

ROME, Feb 8, 2011 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco has been hospitalized after he was taken ill during training, Italian news agency ANSA reported late Monday. The Vacansoleil racer was first reported to be in a critical condition but later reports said he was making progress. ANSA said that "his state of health, critical to start off with - according to the Nuovo Ospedale … [Read more...]

More Scandal For Tour de France As Ricco Tests Positive

by Justin Davis LAVELANET, France, July 17, 2008 (AFP) - The Tour de France was rocked by a third positive doping scandal Thursday after Italian Riccardo Ricco tested positive for banned substances. Ricco, who won two climbing stages last week, was taken into custody by French police amid scenes of chaos outside his Saunier Duval team bus before the start of stage 12. His … [Read more...]

Give Dopers and Cheats A Lifetime Ban, says Stuart O’Grady

by Justin Davis LAVELANET, France, July 17, 2008 (AFP) - Australian Stuart O'Grady has called for dope cheats to be handed life bans following the latest scandal to hit the Tour de France on Thursday. O'Grady spoke out after Ricardo Ricco, one of Italy's biggest cycling stars, left the Tour under a cloud after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) … [Read more...]

Kirchen of Team Columbia In Yellow, As Ricco Wins Tour de France Stage 6

SUPER-BESSE, France, July 10, 2008 (AFP) - Team Columbia's Kim Kirchen created his own piece of Tour de France history by becoming the first Luxemburger in nearly 50 years to pull on the race's yellow jersey on Thursday. Italian Riccardo Ricco of Saunier Duval won the sixth stage, a hilly 195.5km race from Aigurande to here in the Massif Central which played host to the first skirmishes … [Read more...]