Ricco faces second doping investigation

Riccardo Ricco

Italian Riccardo Riccò faces a second doping investigation and the possibility of a lifetime ban depending on what police uncover in today's raids in Italy.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, Italy's Anti-Narcotics Group (NAS) carried out six arrests and 40 searches this morning in an investigation named "Cobra-Red" after Riccò and his brother-in-law, team Ceramica Flaminia cyclist Enrico Rossi. "Il Cobra" is Riccò's nickname and Red is the English translation for Rossi.

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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.