Anti-doping officials at the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) requested Wednesday that Tour of Italy champion Danilo Di Luca be banned for two years after an abnormal doping test.
The abnormal result was returned after the 17th stage of the Giro from Linz in Austria to Monte Zoncolan on May 30. Check it: afp.google.com
Stick a fork in him. He’s done.
“Anti-doping prosecutors have requested that the cyclist Danilo Di Luca be brought before a judge to answer accusations of doping, with reference to an abnormal result,” said a CONI statement.
CONI officials asked for the two-year ban in referring to article 2.2 of the World Anti-doping Code concerning the use or attempted use of banned substances or methods.
Last year Di Luca received a three-month suspension for alleged links to controversial Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, who is the center of an investigation dubbed “Oils for Drugs,” which dates back to 2003. In December, Di Luca took his appeal against that suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Wednesday’s recommendation is not connected with the earlier suspension. Instead, CONI has recommended a two-year ban, not for a positive drug test, but for abnormal hormone readings which are an indication of — but not direct proof of — the use of performance-enhancing substances. Check it: velonews.com