Di Luca pulls on pink jersey

2007 Giro d?Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has been cleared of doping in a decisive disciplinary hearing in Rome.

Di Luca was accused of injecting plasma via an intravenous drip to dilute and hide his hormone values. The Italian anti-doping investigators based their accusations on the difference identified between a standard urine test carried out after Di Luca won the stage at Monte Zoncolan and a surprise urine test carried out by the Italian Olympic Committee at 8:50 pm that night. The second test had a unusually low hormone profile - described as like a young child's, compared to the first test carried out just a few hours before.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.