Pellizotti considers return to racing ahead of the Tour

Franco Pellizotti, Tour de France 2009, stage 20

Italian Franco Pellizotti to return to the Tour de France despite the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announcing anomalies in his blood profile early last month.

Pellizotti won the Tour de France's mountain competition last year after finishing third overall at the Giro d'Italia. Team Liquigas pulled him out of its Giro d'Italia team before the race due to the UCI's announcement, but it is now ready to put him back in action.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.