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Italian doping doctor Michele Ferrari jailed for 18 months

Man banned from sport for life after helping Lance Armstrong cheat his way to Tour de France glory imprisoned for supplying biathlete with EPO

Michele Ferrari, the doctor banned from involvement in sport for life in 2012, has been jailed for 18 months by an Italian court for supplying EPO to a former junior world champion biathlete.

Daniel Taschler, aged 29, had been put in touch with Ferrari by his father Gottlieb, a former vice president of the International Biathlon Union and Olympic bronze medallist at Calgary in 1988.

Conversations between the pair and Ferrari in 2010 and 2011 were being tapped by the Italian authorities, however, as part of an investigation into the doctor and his links to doping.

Besides the sentence handed down to Ferrari, Gottlieb Taschler was given a one-year jail term and his son was imprisoned for nine months, reports Tuttobiciweb.

The World Anti-Doping Agency was involved in the case, which went to trial in Bolzano, north-east Italy, as a civil party and was represented by lawyer Marco Consonni.

He had previously acted for the United States Anti-Doping Agency during its investigation into doping at the United States Postal Service cycling team, which resulted in life bans for Lance Armstrong and Ferrari.

Speaking about the latest case, Consonni said: “In recent times, WADA has decided to act as a civil party in several important criminal proceedings in Italy related to violation of anti-doping rules.

“The decision was also made in relation to the importance of the case and the profile of the accused.

“This result obtained from the court in Bolzano is of great importance in the international fight against doping.”

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