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Riccardo Riccò facing prosecution for allegedly supplying drugs to amateur cyclist

Ex-pro banned for 12 years for doping is among eight suspects in Modena investigation 

Riccardo Riccò, the Italian former professional cyclist who in 2012 was handed a 12-year ban for doping offences, may face prosecution for supplying drugs to an amateur cyclist, reports the Gazzetta di Modena.

A preliminary hearing at the end of the month will determine whether charges will be pressed against the 33-year-old and seven other suspects regarding the distribution and use of banned drugs among amateur cyclists in Emilia-Romagna.

The potential charges follow a Carabinieri operation in 2014 which alleges that prescriptions stolen from a hospital were used to obtain drugs including EPO and its variant, CERA.

Riccò is said to have supplied those products, among others, to a 28-year-old amateur rider who had wanted to improve his sporting performances.

The investigation, given the name Ti Piace Vincere Facile – which translates as, You Like to Win Easy – was taken over by magistrates in Modena, who have identified eight suspects, none of whom is a current professional rider.

Riccò reportedly also stands accused of having supplied recreational drugs to another suspect who comes from his own home town of Formigine.

The newspaper adds that among the suspects is the leaseholder of a brothel in Modena, who is alleged to have sold drugs to cyclists, including Riccò who has twice been banned for doping.

In 2008, he won two stages of the Tour de France but was fired by his Saunier Duval–Prodir team, which also withdrew from the race, after testing positive for CERA. He later received a 20-month ban.

Returning to the sport in 2010, he was fired by Vacansoleil in October of the following year after he became seriously ill as a result of a self-administered blood transfusion at his home.

> Vacansoleil fire Riccardo Ricco over DIY blood transfusion

He tried to return to racing with an Italian UCI Continental team but Italy’s national cycling federation stepped in to suspend him for the sake of his health and he was subsequently given a 12-year ban.

> Riccò handed 12-year-ban by Italian Olympic committee

In 2014, he was reported to have been caught red-handed by Carabinieri as he attempted to buy prohibited substances including EPO and testosterone in a McDonald’s car park in Livorno, Tuscany.

> Riccò reportedly caught red-handed buying doping products


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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kitkat | 7 years ago

He's one bad person. He needs a cycling ASBO

maviczap | 7 years ago

Once a dope always a dope.  After his near death experiences he'd be advising riders not to dope

drosco | 7 years ago
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There's something wrong with this bloke. He's the Joey Barton of cycling.

simonmb replied to drosco | 7 years ago

drosco wrote:

There's something wrong with this bloke. He's the Joey Barton of cycling.

No mate. This is the Joey Barton of cycling...


justDave | 7 years ago
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Man, some people never learn - he should be given a medal for world-class stupidity.

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