Alessandro Petacchi given two-year doping ban and results disqualified

The UCI made the announcement on the morning of the opening stage of the 2019 Vuelta a España

Alessandro Petacchi at the Tour de France 2010 (Bryn Lennon/Getty)

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Alessandro Petacchi has been given a two-year ban for doping violations dating back to 2012 and 2013, with the Italian stripped of his results during that period.

The UCI announced that the decision was made based on information received from law enforcement authorities in Austria, who have been leading the Operation Aderlass doping investigation.

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