Italy confirms Bernucci family doping ban: 20 years

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Italy proved today that it is ready to take big strides to protect its cycling heritage. The Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA) issued a suspension totalling 20 years for cyclist Lorenzo Bernucci and his family.

"Lorenzo Bernucci, under the WADA code 10.7.1," read a release by the TNA, "is sanctioned with a five-year ban, from February 7, 2011, to February 6, 2016."

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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.