Michele Ferrari and son called for testimony in Italian Olympic Committee doping case

Michele Ferrari and son Stefano deny any wrongdoing in case involving providing drugs to an Italian biathlete and his father

Dr Michele Ferrari Photo: Yuzuru Sunada
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Dr Michele Ferrari and his son Stefano have been called to give testimony to the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) anti-doping prosecuter under suspicion of providing performance enhancing drugs to a biathlete.

Ferrari worked with Lance Armstrong for years during his run of seven consecutive Tour de France victories and was banned by USADA in 2012 after being implicated in the case against the Texan, but vehemently denies being involved in doping.

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The Ferrari's are accused of providing Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler and his father, Gottlieb, with banned drugs via illegal sales methods and will meet with CONI on September 4, along with the Taschlers, as reported by AP.

Michele Ferrari recently appealed his life ban from the Italian Cycling Federation, handed down in 2002, and a decision is expected to be made soon. Stefano reportedly looked after the finances of his father's doping business.

In December Ferrari Sr was implicated in the Padova investigation where it is alleged he helped 38 cyclists dope in 2010 and 2011 - another accusation he denies - as well as 17 Astana riders and manager Alexander Vinokourov in 2013.

Both Ferraris will appear before CONI next week and both deny any wrongdoing.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.