Italy upholds ban for dopers from nationals and worlds

Doping syringe

The Italian cycling federation (FCI) will go ahead with its plans to ban dopers from its national championships and teams for the world championships. The FCI yesterday ratified the proposal made on May 30, to ban all cyclists who have served a doping suspension of six months or more.

The decision will prohibit Alessandro Petacchi from racing against Mark Cavendish at the World Championships in Copenhagen this September. At last year's Tour de France, he won two stages and the green sprint jersey. At the 2007 Giro d'Italia, he tested positive for excessive levels of asthma medication, Salbutamol, and received a one-year suspension.

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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.