Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca banned for life
It was the Italian cyclists third doping offense
Thursday 05 December 2013
Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has been banned from cycling for life following a third doping offense, joining Lance Armstrong as one of the highest profile riders to be kicked out of the sport.
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court issued the verdict today.
The 37-year-old Di Luca tested positive for the blood booster EPO in a surprise test in April, five days before this year's Giro.
Di Luca already served a 15-month ban after testing positive during the 2009 Giro for CERA, an advanced form of EPO.
And after winning the 2007 Giro, Di Luca was banned for three months later in the year for frequent visits to a banned physician.
The Vini Fantini-Selle Italia squad fired Di Luca immediately after his latest positive was announced.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal offloads fringe players as he looks to the long term
Loic Remy joins Chelsea: Striker adds artillery to Diego Costa's firepower
Leicester vs Arsenal player ratings: Who was the star man? Wes Morgan? Leonard Ulloa? Alexis Sanchez?
Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend to Southampton in £14m deadline day bid for Jay Rodriguez
Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings: Who was the star man? Raheem Sterling? Alberto Moreno? Or new-boy Mario Balotelli?
- 1 Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
- 3 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
£21000 - £30000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: Upper KS2 Primary Teacher...
£90 - £130 per day + Excellent rates of pay : Randstad Education Southampton: ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree are seeking Trainee Recruitmen...
£21000 - £30000 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: KS1 Primary Teacher in Br...