Cycling: Ricco banned for 12 years

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The Independent Online

Riccardo Ricco has been banned for 12 years by Italy's anti-doping tribunal for a second offence.

The 28-year-old had not raced since being rushed from his home to hospital in February, when the doctor who treated him reportedly told police Ricco confessed to using tranfusions of his own blood, which he allegedly kept in his home refrigerator.

Ricco's first offence earned a 20-month ban for testing positive for the blood-booster CERA.