Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
NATURNO

Cycling: Di Luca tests positive again, risks life ban

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Naturno, May 24 - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca
will not finish the Giro d'Italia and risks a life ban after it
was announced on Friday that he tested positive for
blood-booster EPO in a surprise test taken at his home before
the race started last month.
The 2007 Giro winner was banned for two years in 2009 after
testing positive for another drug, CERA, in the world's second
biggest stage race that year, when he came second before being
stripped of his place in the standings.
The 37-year-old was also banned for three months in 2007
for links to a doping-tainted doctor.
Di Luca was 26th in this year's Giro, 33.33 minutes behind
leader Vincenzo Nibali, before Friday's 19th stage was cancelled
because of snow on the route.
Di Luca's Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team said the rider has
been sacked.
"It's over for me with Mr Danilo Di Luca," Vini
Fantini-Selle Italia's Director of Sport Luca Scinto told ANSA.
"What could I do? I fired him. According to me, people like
this are ill. They don't realise what world they are living in.
"I never wanted Di Luca in the team. The sponsor chose him
and now they can take responsibility for it".

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