Pellizotti out of the Giro due to biological passport findings

Franco Pellizotti Giro 2009 stage 17

Winner of the Tour de France's mountains classification, Franco Pellizotti will not start the Giro d'Italia on Saturday due to irregularities in his biological passport, according to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) informed the 32-year-old Italian of team Liquigas-Doimo two months ago and now, it has asked the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to open up a disciplinary hearing.

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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.