The director of the Mapei Centre says that the training facility is no longer working with Michele Scarponi’s Lampre team. The 2011 Giro d’Italia champion and other persons associated with the team are the subject of ongoing doping investigations, although those were’t specifically cited as reasons behind the Mapei Centre’s decision.
Michele Scarponi has been provisionally suspended by his Lampre-ISD team as a result of his admission of having trained with the banned doctor Michele Ferrari in late 2010, prior to joining the team. The 33-year-old formally admitted two meetings with Ferrari in September 2010 when he presented himself voluntarily yesterday at the Rome office of the anti-doping prosecutor at the Italian Olympic Committee, CONI.
Kevin Izzard 'Mr Wilier UK' couldn't have known when he was emailing us these pictures of Michele Scarponi's new bike being built up last week at the factory in Italy, that the Lampre-ISD star would be elevated to the top of the Giro d'Italia 2011 podium today, but things just work out like that sometimes.
Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport has today published what it says are leaked transcripts of conversations that allegedly took place between Alessandro Ballan and Guido Nigrelli, the pharmacist at the centre of an investigation into doping in Italy. The news appears to explain BMC Racing’s decision yesterday to remove the former world champion from its active roster. Other evidence gathered by Mantova-based investigators, including video footage, reportedly implicates a number of past and present riders and staff of Lampre, Ballan’s former team.
Law enforcement officers in Sicily have carried out a search at a hotel on the island being used as a training base by Lampre-ISD rider Michele Scarponi, while colleagues in Brescia have requested biological passport information from Katusha regarding five riders, one of whom is no longer with the Russian team, according to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.