Anti-doping prosecutors in Italy are seeking a two-year ban for ex-world champion Alessandro Ballan of BMC Racing in connection with his alleged links to a long-running investigation in Mantua that is centred on his former Lampre team.
Ballan is accused of having violated article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Code, which relates to “use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method.”
Italian Olympic Committee given access to Mantua files, major doping case opens days before Giro d'Italia
CONI, the Italian national Olympic committee, is to be given access to evidence of gathered by prosecutors as part of the Mantua investigation into doping in cycling which involves big names such as Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday 30 April – just four days before the 2013 Giro d’Italia begins in Naples.
The prosecutor leading the long running investigation in Mantova, Italy centred around the Lampre team is to ask a judge to indict 32 people on a variety of doping charges including general manager Beppe Saronni, former world champion Alessandro Ballan and 2004 Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego, reports La Repubblica.
The Italian Olympic Committee, CONI, has announced that 2004 Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego and former Lampre-ISD team manager Giuseppe Saronni will appear before its anti-doping prosecutor next month to answer charges resulting from a three-year investigation into doping based in Mantova.
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.