Cycling: Priamo given four-year ban for doping offence

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Italian cyclist Matteo Priamo has been banned for four years for supplying doping products to a team-mate.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled yesterday that Priamo last year provided the endurance-booster CERA to CSF Group Navigare team-mate Emanuele Sella, who cooperated with authorities and served a one-year ban. The Italian Olympic committee appealed to CAS after its own anti-doping tribunal cleared Priamo for lack of evidence.

The World Anti-Doping Agency's code allows four-year bans in trafficking cases instead of the standard two for a first doping offence.

Priamo won a stage of the 2008 Giro d'Italia, where Sella won three.