Italy?s Leonardo Piepoli has been banned for two years for his two positive test for CERA during the 2008 Tour de France.
The Italian Tribunale Nazionale Antidoping announced the sentence on Monday morning after a short hearing in Rome. Piepoli did not attend, has refused to help investigators and often failed to turn up to pre-trial hearings. The Tribunale announced his ban will begin on Monday January 26 and end on January 25 2011.
Piepoli rode for Saunier Duval in 2008 and won the tenth stage of the Tour de France to Hautacam in the Pyrenees but was suspended by Saunier Duval after team mate Riccardo Ricco tested positive for CERA and was arrested by police. Piepoli fled France and initially denied doping.
In an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on January 7, Piepoli admitted he doped but like so many other riders, claimed he only did it once, before the 2008 Tour de France, because he had crashed out of the Giro d?Italia and was worried about his form after suddenly being selected for the Tour.
Showing some kind of remorse, Piepoli said: ?Don?t dope, it?s useless and doesn?t work, it?s never worked. I say don?t dope because you destroy your own dignity. For ever.?
Comment: Why more CERA positives are good for cycling
Kohl confirms he doped
2009 Tour of Germany cancelled
Stefan Schumacher tests positive at Tour de France
Piepoli latest CERA positive at Tour de France
Tour de France Cera test results set to emerge
Ricco banned for two years
McQuaid reveals how the UCI caught Sella
Ricco admits taking EPO before Tour de France
New drugs emerge
Saunier Duval sack Ricco
Thank you for reading 10 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.
Bikes of the Atlas Mountain Race 2023: from comfort gravellers to speed weapons, here’s what caught our eye
Covering 1,300km / 800mi of Morocco’s gravel roads and mountain passes, the Atlas Mountain Race demands a tech-heavy approach for its 3+ days of bikepacking racing
By Stefan Abram • Published
British champion Cameron Mason hoping for rain at Cyclo-cross World Championships
British national champion says patience will be the key in what’s expected to be a fast race in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands
By Tom Thewlis • Published