Doping doctor Filippo Manelli banned from working in sport

Advised Leonardo Bertagnolli on using EPO and growth hormone - Bertagnolli has now retired

by Sarah Barth   November 24, 2012  


Another day, another dodgy doctor. The Italian medic Filippo Manelli has been banned from working in sport and fined 1,500 Euros following a confession from the retired cyclist Leonardo Bertagnolli that he helped him to dope using EPO and growth hormones.

Manelli, who worked out of a clinic in Brescia, was involved in advising Bertagnolli when he was riding for Saeco in 2003.

The USADA and Padua police issued a statement from Bertagnolli as part of the Lance Armstrong and USPS investigation.

It read: ""I started to take EPO on the advice of Filippo Manelli in 2003 and he told me to inject it in the skin near my groin. He told me to stop taking it a week before a race."

He said that Manelli did not alter his advice, despite Bertagnolli having a thyroid problem.

"I only took it a few times because of my problem," Bertagnolli said. "Manelli knew but still advised me to use GH. He told me what drugs to use when I visited him in his office in Gavardo. He wanted to be paid for the visits and for the drugs."

In June this year, about the same time as the USADA announced its investigation into apparent anomalies in the blood profile of Bertagnolli's biological passport, he made public his retirement from the sport.