Di Luca's home searched by Italian police

Danilo Di Luca

Danilo Di Luca's home has been searched by Italian police after the 2009 Giro d'Italia runner-up failed two tests for CERA at this year's race.

According to news agency AP, officers from the Carabinieri paramilitary anti-doping unit searched the LPR Brakes rider's premises in Pescara. Officers refused to elaborate on what they were searching for or whether they found it.

The home of a local doctor was also subjected to a search. Both searches were conducted under the orders of prosecutors in Rome.

On Wednesday, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirmed that Di Luca had failed two tests for banned blood-boosting drug CERA, a new form of EPO.

The Italian was subsequently barred from competing pending further investigation. Di Luca may also request that his B samples be tested.

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