Di Luca maintains fight despite receiving two-year doping ban

Danilo Di Luca

Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca received a two-year ban from the Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA) today for doping at last year's Giro d'Italia. The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced in July that he tested positive twice for blood booster EPO-CERA during the stage race, in which he finished second overall.

The TNA's decided for one year less than what the head prosecutor of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Ettore Torri, recommended December 17. Torri based his decision of a three-year ban over the standard two-year ban because of Di Luca's prior doping offence. He served a three-month suspension in 2007 for visiting banned sports doctor Carlo Santuccione in 2004.

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