Ivan Basso banned for two years

236 days taken off for previous time out means a 28 October 2008 return date

Italy's Ivan Basso has been suspended for two years for doping offences by the Italian Cycling Federation.

The Italian Olympic Committee's doping investigators had recommended a 21-month ban for the former CSC and Discovery Channel rider, saying he had partially helped them with their investigations, but after a disciplinary hearing in Rome on Friday, the Italian Cycling Federation said Basso had not done enough to get a reduction.

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