Di Luca ready to return, doping ban reduced

Danilo Di Luca

Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca is ready to return to racing immediately after he received a reduction in doping ban today. Due to his collaboration, the Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA) reduced his ban by nine months and seven days.

On February 1, the same tribunal banned Di Luca for two years and fined him €280,000 for doping at last year's Giro d'Italia. Di Luca finished second overall behind Russian Denis Menchov. However, on July 22, two months later, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) revealed he tested positive for blood booster EPO-CERA twice during the Giro d'Italia.

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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.