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Movistar rider suspended for three months for association with banned sports doctor

Three time Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti has received a three month ban and been fined €10,000 for associating with banned sports doctor, Michele Ferrari. The sanctions are identical to those given earlier this week to Lampre rider Michele Scarponi for the same offence.

While Scarponi’s ban expires on 31 December, the dates of the one handed to Visconti by the anti-doping tribunal of the Italian Olympic committee, CONI, are slightly different, running from 8 October to 7 January. The Movistar rider also has to pay the €1,000 costs of the hearing.

In both cases, the length of suspension are the same as that given to Farnese Vini-Selle Italia rider Filippo Pozzato earlier this year, again for associating with Ferrari, who has been banned from working with Italian cyclists since 2002 and now, as a result of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into the US Postal team, is also banned worldwide.

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