Giovanni Visconti latest Italian cyclist banned for working with Michele Ferrari

Movistar rider suspended for three months for association with banned sports doctor

by Simon_MacMichael   December 14, 2012  

Giovanni Visconti (copyright Fabio Ferrari, LaPresse, RCS Sport)

Three time Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti has received a three month ban and been fined €10,000 for associating with banned sports doctor, Michele Ferrari. The sanctions are identical to those given earlier this week to Lampre rider Michele Scarponi for the same offence.

While Scarponi’s ban expires on 31 December, the dates of the one handed to Visconti by the anti-doping tribunal of the Italian Olympic committee, CONI, are slightly different, running from 8 October to 7 January. The Movistar rider also has to pay the €1,000 costs of the hearing.

In both cases, the length of suspension are the same as that given to Farnese Vini-Selle Italia rider Filippo Pozzato earlier this year, again for associating with Ferrari, who has been banned from working with Italian cyclists since 2002 and now, as a result of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into the US Postal team, is also banned worldwide.

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A three month ban in the 'off' season.....Ouch that is really going to hurt, I bet he is wishing he had never heard of Michele.

posted by SideBurn [790 posts]
14th December 2012 - 15:06

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Meanwhile, Road.cc is associating with Ferrari as well! Ok, it's Fabio Ferrari, the owner of the image copyright...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3108 posts]
14th December 2012 - 16:02

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What a joke.

Visconti's last race day: Ocotber 7th
Visconti's association ban starts: October 8th

#McQuaidout

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
14th December 2012 - 17:08

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Farcical. It's like telling my kids they are banned from watching TV between midnight and 5am.

Only an Italian would do such a lovely job of styling his hair before putting on his helmet. 'Cappello*' Giovanni!

*Italian for Chapeau**

**Hat

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posted by arrieredupeleton [551 posts]
14th December 2012 - 17:31

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Raleigh wrote:
What a joke.

Visconti's last race day: Ocotber 7th
Visconti's association ban starts: October 8th

#McQuaidout

In this instance - and I say this reluctantly - its not McQuaid's fault. Its CONI plus the fark-wittedness of the Italian system in not knowing their a$se from their elbow and uncontestably striking Ferraro off their register. The same ban's handed to Visconti and Scarponi as Pozzato - because there's a precedent with Pozzato.

All losers whatever way you look at it. And once again, clean sport gets badly served.

posted by Sam1 [218 posts]
14th December 2012 - 17:53

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And we think the system has learnt from the Armstrong farce, yet people are given bans back dated to cover the off season period.

AND 3 months? I know the precedent was set Pozzato, but thats the point Pozzato should have been given more.

If a Doctor is banned from the sport what sort of idiot would associate themselves with them UNLESS they were doping? How can they be expected to be viewed as anything other than a doper by associating with him? They should receive a minimum or 1 year, I would prefer 2, and those convicted of doping like Contador etc given 4 years and to serve from the date of conviction, not be back dated.

Strax

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posted by jdstrachan@yaho... [53 posts]
15th December 2012 - 10:52

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