Alessandro Ballan sacked by BMC after doping ban

Alessandro Ballan wins stage, Eneco Tour 2012, stage seven

Italian professional and 2008 road race world champion Alessandro Ballan has been sacked by the BMC Racing Team after being served a two-year ban from competition on doping charges.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) heard the evidence against Ballan this week and handed him a two-year suspension on Friday for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code for the use or attempted use of banned substances. BMC reacted by terminating his contract.

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