Banned Italians still ride in World Champs

BMC, men's TTT, World Championships 2012, team time trial

Despite a ban from the Italian national team, three cyclists went ahead and raced the World Championships at the weekend. Alessandro Ballan, Daniele Pietropolli and Alessandro Petacchi raced in the team time trials yesterday in Valkenburg, Netherlands, with their trade squads.

Italy's sports director, Paolo Bettini wanted to include Ballan in the road team for next Sunday. However, a ban in place since last year excludes riders who have served bans of six months or more, or who have ties in to doping investigations.

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