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2007 Giro winner Danilo Di Luca is provisionally suspended, and out of this year's race, after the WADA-accredited lab in Cologne returned a positive result for EPO from a sample collected in an out-of-competition test on 29 April 2013.

Di Luca isn't a stranger to doping controversy; He twice tested positive for CERA during the 2009 Giro, and as a result was suspended for two years, returning to competition in October 2010 after the ban was reduced to nine months. His Giro win in 2007 was also controversial after he gave an irregular sample after stage 17 to Monte Zoncolan which suggested an illegal blood transfusion, although he was later cleared due to insufficient evidence.

Vini Fantini have been quick to distance themselves from Di Luca. The team has ended his contract with immediate effect, and told the rider to make his own way home. "Danilo Di Luca was part of the team mainly due to his friendship with (team sponsor) Valentino Sciotti", said team manager Angelo Citracca. "He has repaid the trust of a friend with yet another mistake. The consequences will affect the whole of a team which has been working for years to discover and train young riders."

Here's the UCI release in full:

This morning the UCI advised Italian rider Danilo Di Luca that he is provisionally suspended. The decision to provisionally suspend this rider was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Köln indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in a urine sample collected from him in an out of competition test on 29 April 2013.

The provisional suspension of Mr. Danilo Di Luca remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Italian Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. Mr. Danilo Di Luca has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.

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therealsmallboy [168 posts] 3 years ago
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Hands up if you're surprised.......

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cidermart [489 posts] 3 years ago
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FFS will they ever learn?

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pepita1 [176 posts] 3 years ago
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cidermart wrote:

FFS will they ever learn?

Apparently not. He should now be banned for life since he has previous bans.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Muppet!

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brackley88 [164 posts] 3 years ago
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pepita1 wrote:
cidermart wrote:

FFS will they ever learn?

Apparently not. He should now be banned for life since he has previous bans.

I agree!! Glad we got another one though. Cycling just got a little cleaner  1

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White jazz [9 posts] 3 years ago
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If the test was on April 29, why has it taken 3 weeks to come to light? While there is nothing to suggest that Vini Fantini knew, they have benefitted from his use of PEDs.

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 3 years ago
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What a selfish egotistical little git. If it's any consolation at least he is one of the 'old guard' who clearly and desperately needed a boost to perform at the Giro having only had 2 days racing this year before the Giro started. The only surprise is why it's taken so long.

Surely CONI would have targeted a guy with that background during the in-competition screening?

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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how the mighty fall, what a shame, what an idiot!

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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You all saw Ricardo Ricco's tweet on Wednesday afternoon right?

Drink it in, drink it right in:

https://twitter.com/riccardo_ricco/status/337183620211023874

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jdstrachan@yaho... [52 posts] 3 years ago
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Utter nob. That is all.  14

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antonio [1126 posts] 3 years ago
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He wasn't the only one riding out of his skin, another ex (?) drug user has won two stages.

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Lane71 (not verified) [368 posts] 3 years ago
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Im glad this scum has been caught,i was suspicious about his agressive stupid riding throughout this tour,the gesticulations and attention grabbing antics

good riddance to the scum

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Colin Peyresourde [1750 posts] 3 years ago
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I think they may have caught the wrong Italian. He's not leading the race is he. You would think doping would help you do that.....

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jollygoodvelo [1477 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh look, another cheating little wretch. Pathetic.

Can I just check - I do get to keep the fantasy Giro points that he's won for me, don't I?

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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One more slab of madness from Twitter, I do love the internet:

https://twitter.com/lancearmstrong/status/337925588394328065

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mingmong [263 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like I'll have to use a transfer  19

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crazy-legs [795 posts] 3 years ago
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I found that tweet from LA very funny. Genuine LOL moment.

As for Di Luca - he's basically been doping his entire career hasn't he.

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notfastenough [3709 posts] 3 years ago
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Regarding the LA tweet (I've embedded below), I couldn't help laughing. He's right on both counts, to be fair:

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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C**t

Comes to something when even Lance takes the piss out of you  19

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Gossa [78 posts] 3 years ago
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While the son of a peasant farmer can buy his dad a Ferarri by just riding his bike, you'll always have this problem. There's too much money in the game now...

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NeilG83 [301 posts] 3 years ago
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The person I feel sorry for is the rider who missed out on a place on Vini Fantini's Giro squad because the sponsor insisted that Di Luca should be on the team.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Gossa wrote:

While the son of a peasant farmer can buy his dad a Ferarri by just riding his bike, you'll always have this problem. There's too much money in the game now...

Still nothing to how much you get for kicking a ball around a field; I suspect if they were paid more they would be even better at evading the testers.

More to the point what is Nibalis' relationship with the needle? Watching a rider thrash the field by a minute in 20k had me thinking, "Here we go again...."

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mikeprytherch [223 posts] 3 years ago
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Cock..... get out of the sport I love, this is why I am in favour of a lifetime bad, certainly on drugs such as EPO

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crazy-legs [795 posts] 3 years ago
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mikeprytherch wrote:

Cock..... get out of the sport I love, this is why I am in favour of a lifetime bad, certainly on drugs such as EPO

In this case, absolutely. He's been caught and banned before, he's clearly not learned anything from it.

One positive test and coming back a reformed characted (a la David Millar) is fair enough; this guy has now tested positive twice with various other suspect tests or results.
He needs to be thrown out of the sport for good.

Still laughing at LA's tweet. To be fair to poor old Lance, that takes some courage to tweet that. Still unsure if he's calling Di Luca stupid for taking EPO or for getting caught...  3

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Leviathan [2141 posts] 3 years ago
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I wouldn't be surprised if he felt he had to keep taking the risk of the being caught in order to even be able to keep up with younger fitter cleaner riders. His choices were retire, loose form and be dropped or keep going as long as possible waiting to get caught. Not an enviable choice.

More hubris from Lance who had the money to walk away several times over.

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Grandi [5 posts] 3 years ago
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I read on the BBC Sport news page that he has been sacked from the Vini Fantini-Selle team and the Vini Fantini team director Luca Scinto said "Di Luca is an idiot. I never wanted him. He is sick and needs help. Ouch, that's probably your career down the toilet then.

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Rupert49 [40 posts] 3 years ago
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So glad I didn't buy one of his Kyklos bikes when they came out, just as well the company went bust. I would have been too embarrassed to ride it in day light. He's just a knob.

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Roberj4 [218 posts] 3 years ago
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Three dopers out the sport this week (Levi Jeans, a Russian bloke) and now Di Luca. I wonder who next before the TDF?

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Metjas [362 posts] 3 years ago
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why is Nibali being dragged into this? I know of a few very highly regarded riders in the UK who have won TTs by a fair margin, and I for one have never wondered about foul play.

Let's not get cynical, otherwise there's little point in reading these pages. If you can no longer believe in human endeavour and achievement, no point in following this or any other sport imo. Nibali has worked incredibly hard at his TT ability, Specialized have invested time and money to make it happen, and the results have followed. Chapeau and wish him the Giro win he deserves for his efforts.

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mogrim [50 posts] 3 years ago
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White jazz wrote:

If the test was on April 29, why has it taken 3 weeks to come to light?

Think you're confusing real life and CSI-style TV shows. Despite what the TV might show, these tests take time, and following proper procedures is not something you can do in 5 minutes...

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