Michele Scarponi, awarded the overall victory in the 2011 Giro d’Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of that title, has admitted that he trained the preceding autumn with the banned doctor, Michele Ferrari, after the Gazzetta dello Sport today published details of an intercepted conversation between the pair.
Riiders belonging to up to 20 teams are said to be involved in what prosecutors in Italy believe is a €30 million doping ring organised on an institutional scale, with banned doctor Michele Ferrari at the heart of it.
Lampre ISD's Leonardo Bertagnolli faces disciplinary proceedings for biological passport irregularities
World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has announced that it has requested that disciplinary proceedings be opened against Lampre-ISD rider Leonardo Bertagnolli in connection with irregularities in his biological passport. The rider was not included in Lampre's recently announced squad for the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday.
Michele Scarponi, awarded the 2011 Giro d’Italia title after Alberto Contador was stripped of it earlier this year, could himself face a six-month suspension for allegedly consulting with sports doctor Michele Ferrari as the ongoing Padova-based enquiry into doping reaches a key stage. The potential penalty is one stipulated by the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) for any rider licensed by it caught associating with Ferrari after it banned him from any involvement in sport in 2002.
With somewhat impeccable timing given last night’s 60 Minutes documentary aired in the United States by CBS, law enforcement officials in Italy acting on the instructions of prosecutors investigating doping in professional cycling have today raided RadioShack’s hotel at the Giro d’Italia and carried out searches of team vehicles.