Alessandro Ballan in court, facing two-year doping ban

Alessandro Ballan wins stage, Eneco Tour 2012, stage seven

BMC Racing's Alessandro Ballan heads to court today at 12:00 in Rome and faces a two-year doping ban.

In November, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) recommended the ban based on the Mantova investigation centred on his former team, Lampre.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.