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Danilo Di Luca positive for EPO

By:
Barry Ryan and Stephen Farrand
Published:
May 24, 2013, 08:15,
Updated:
May 24, 2013, 10:57
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, May 24, 2013
Race:
Giro d'Italia
 Danilo Di Luca (Fantini Vini - Selle Italia)

Danilo Di Luca (Fantini Vini - Selle Italia)

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Vini Fantini rider out of Giro

Danilo Di Luca has returned a positive test for EPO in an out-of-competition control carried out on April 29, the Monday before the Giro d’Italia began.

The veteran Italian had belatedly signed for Vini Fantini-Selle Italia the previous week after being left without a team when Acqua & Sapone folded at the end of the 2012. He made his return to racing on April 27 at the GP Larciano, finishing in 10th place.

Vini Fantini directeur sportif Luca Scinto confirmed the news of Di Luca's positive for EPO to Cyclingnews.

"It's true," Scinto said in a quiet, sad voice. "He's mad, he's a cretino, he needs treatment. There's nothing else to say. We gave him a second chance and the sponsors put their faith in him and this is how he pays us back. It's crazy that a rider thinks they can get away with it like that."

Di Luca did not answer his phone when contacted by Cyclingnews.

Di Luca previously tested positive for CERA at the 2009 Giro d’Italia and was handed a two-year suspension, subsequently reduced to 15 months after he apparently provided information on doping methodologies to the Italian Olympic Committee.

The 37-year-old Italian also served a three-month suspension in 2007 for his implication in the Oil for Drugs doping investigation centred around Dr. Carlo Santuccione. He had also been prevented from riding the 2004 Tour de France for the same reason.

Di Luca’s 2007 Giro d’Italia victory was also mired in controversy when he returned a suspect sample after the Zoncolan stage – the so-called “pipì degli angeli” – although he subsequently escaped sanction.

In spite of the fact that he had only two days of racing in his legs before this year’s Giro, Di Luca put in a series of eyebrow-raising performances at the race. He came close to stage victory after a late attack on the road to Serra San Bruno on stage 4 and was also aggressive in the finale to Vicenza.

Di Luca had also put in a startling bout of pace-making on the Jafferau in support of teammate Mauro Santambrogio on stage 14.

Speaking to Cyclingnews earlier in the Giro, Di Luca insisted that his strong performances were explicable by “training well all winter” and said that he hoped to continue racing for two more years.

In recent days, reports in the Italian media had linked Di Luca with a move to Astana for the 2014 season.

The UCI released a statement soon after the news broke, stating that, "the provisional suspension of Mr. Danilo Di Luca remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Italian Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.Mr. Danilo Di Luca has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample. Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time."
 

Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
He is not alone........where there is smoke.........
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Absolutely. He just got caught! Doping ain´t over, despite kicking Armstrong out of cycling. Doping is alive and well. DiLuca isn´t even riding that well in the Giro. So what does that say about everyone? Cycling has become the laughing stock of sport.
TheCheese More than 1 year ago
Completely agree. They've always doped and always will. It's all part of the game, the culture. I imagine a lot of people who have become fans of pro cycling in the past couple of years probably won't be able comprehend that sadly. Anyway, followed cycling for 20 years despite all the doping and STILL love it! Crazy, eh?!
CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
It says something about Hesjedal. Well, all of Garmin for that matter.
Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
then what are you even doing here on a cycling site? nobody cares about your opinion
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
I would not go as far as to say cycling became the laughing stock of sport. The rider was caught, meanwhile other pro-sports are keeping PED use firmly under their wraps. Football in Spain is a good example I think. But what this incident indeed raises, for some at least, is suspicion related to other riders. The ones quicker than the drugged up Di Luca in particular.
jalabert More than 1 year ago
So much ignorance out there epofuel. Keep fighting the fight. Cycling IS a joke. Doesn't deserve to be sponsored and runs the risk of imploding. Most of those apposing your views still pooing mustard when others of us started cycling . So many believers it really is staggering. Cycling no different today than Indurain, Armsrong eras. As I've said here before the technology and funding to catch the cheats is well behind the technology and money being used to develop new drugs and methods to avoid detection.......sad but true.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Running is worse than Cycling, how many kenyan's have been caught in the past? Difference is the media seem to only care about writing stories about cycling and doping. Football is probably worse too and don't get me started on horse racing. However, I think in general there has been a shift in cycling since the drug fueled days of Indurain, Pantani, Mercxk, Armstrong etc... Riders have too much to lose now as some authorities are actually interested in briging down the cheaters.
Tangled Tango More than 1 year ago
I would not include Mercxk in any catagory that pertains to EPO. There is a huge incomparable difference between EPO and all other PEDs from the 60s, 70s up until the mid or late 80s and the entrance of EPO and it´s subsequent brothers CERA etc. . What was used in Mercxk days could not make a donkey into a race horse. Nothing could do that until EPO and it did just that. I know you were just making a point, one which I completely agree with, but riders like Mercxk, Hinault and others from before the birth of EPO, do not belong with the gang from the roaring 90s-2000s.
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Tangled Tango...you're very wrong!!! Methamphetamines are extremely powerful drugs and Eddy had access to them. He also had access to drugs that were given to race horses which is what a lot of track athletes were taking and I'm sure Eddy played with those as well.
TelemarkTumalo More than 1 year ago
As long as there is competition, there will be cheaters.... in business, politics, sport.... the incentive is there for the individual to look for an advantage. To think otherwise is naive. It is up to the governing bodies to police the athletes, their teams and sponsors. Cycling and Track&Field have been leaders in the work to police their respective sport. Keep in mind that the organizers are human too, and vulnerable to financial temptation and corruption because of power. The struggle will continue as long as money and fame are worthwhile. For all of cycling's dirty history with drugs, one has to admit that it is trying. What other sport has stripped a champion of Armstrong's stature, leaving the top podium vacant for years running? di Luca was caught and is out of the Giro. Let's hope he drifts off into obscurity where he belongs.
malknight More than 1 year ago
Tango, don't be foolish. Doing is doping. Merckx doped with what was available at the time. Its the same thing. Merckx, Hinault, both dopers. Using the most advanced drugs of their time. If anything, doping is safer now than it was in those days. You can't change the theme - which is enhanced performance due to drugs. Same thing in this era as in the former eras. It was a relatively level playing field back then.
BigBoat More than 1 year ago
Running is not more doped than cycling, there's no money or endorsements in running apart from a dozen or so top runners, but yes the top runners do dope of course.
Nilsson More than 1 year ago
Not riding that well? For a guy his age, who just started racing again ten days before the Giro? I think he's doing very well.
Steve Hougom More than 1 year ago
And now we know why!?
Luke Morris More than 1 year ago
Just because DiLuca is doping, doesn't mean that everyone who was positioned above him in the standings is too. He's 37 and far past his peak, although quite where his peak was and what his peak naturally was is probably impossible to work out with his dirty past.
akimen More than 1 year ago
Please. If every sport tested as much as cycling, you would see that it's much more widespread. Besides, when a single individual gets caught, and people are regularly getting caught, to me that's an indication the testing system is working. The most important thing is that doping is not systemic. You can see that many people in the peloton, convicted dopers, are now shadows of their former selves. Pellizotti for example. There will always be crazies like Di Luca or Ricco who'll keep trying to get away with it. Look at the climbing speeds and power numbers. They're credible, unlike 10-15 years ago. Look at the science of sport blog, or for those who read French, cyclisme-dopage.com
Ziraffe More than 1 year ago
i agree there is doping in other sports too and we know less of it because there is less control. But do not forget that cycling is a sport in which doping can prove very effective. Your disposition and strength is way more important than any strategy you would like to perform. You can outhink your opponents as many times as you want, if you don't have the legs, you're bound to losing. Other sports (except racing sports like running or canoe or swimming) are seeing less doping in my opinion because it is less effective. You see people citing football, soccer, hockey or basketball. In all those sports, doping doesn't make you win easy... that being said, all sports should be tested more, beginning with tennis!!
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
Those other sports aren't doping for the same reasons. Football players dope for strength, fast accelerations and recovery. The Rugby (league and Union), AFL and American Football players are prone to using peptides to assist in recovery from hard knocks. How many players are back on the paddock within a month of breaking bones, having badly corked muscles, druised ribs etc that would take you or I 2-3 months to get back to fitness with? Why is it that these codes are largely self regulating and claim responsibility for carying out their own regime? AFL has a three strikes ruling on drugs, sure it's mostly party drugs they talk about in the media but the rule does not differentiate.
shapiro More than 1 year ago
Has anyone invented a cure for Armstrong Obsession Syndrome? Anyone else want to chip in a few bucks? We can buy Epo a truck load. Probably wouldn't help though.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Nibali's next! It's clear he's riding at another level and not like the clean guys Evans and Uran.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Yes, and you are the next Giro winner, mike73nz
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Thanks mate, my trainings going really well so just waiting for the call from a major team. Wish me luck!
Troy Browning More than 1 year ago
Idiot... First off, Nibali is riding as he's always ridden and hasn't shown any unusual or questionable performances... Evans is imploding because he's old. Uran is on possibly the dirtiest team in the pro ranks... Seriously guy, at least try to make your absurd accusations slightly believable.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
haha, you ignorance is really something. Astana is a well know team for doping. Sky isn't. That's the first fact which you should be aware of. Second, Nibali is not exactly squeaky clean and has a histoy of doping. Third, Sky are leading the way in cleaning up the sport as the UCI are not. No evidence that Sky have ever doped. David Walsh has been with the team for the past 3 weeks and has not reported any evidence to support your claim, he also spent time with them in training camps with unrestricted access to all staff. I would sooner believe the guy who brought down Lance than you mate.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Mike73nz, if you say Nibali has a history of doping then you really demonstrate you do not know much of cycling...
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Come on we all know Astana has a histoy of being a dirty team. If people want to continually point the finger at Sky when they do well then they must also question Astana and Nibali. If Wiggins was still in the Giro and leading by 4 minutes there would be loads of people making these asertions. If you think Nibali is clean then you must also think that Wiggins and Sky are clean.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
"Nibali is not exactly squeaky clean and has a histoy of doping" Let's see you back this claim up Mike ? Your follow up post to WilGirod'Italia was quite underwhelming.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Chuck, lets see your proof that he's clean? People keep asking Sky for proof that they are clean so it's only fair. As for a history of doping you only need to look at Astana's history to suggest that the team might well be back to their old tricks.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Mike73nz, noticed you've now switched to "Astana team MIGHT well be back to their old tricks". I haven't said anything about TeamSky, because Wiggins and Froome have never tested positive. Neither Nibali. If you're upset Wiggins or Team Sky have not won this Giro (unless something dramatic happens tomorrow), then it does not really help to throw mud to the competitors of your favourite cyclists
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
So believing that Sky are clean is not good enough for you ? You need to "stoop" to the same level ?
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
WilGirod'Italia, I am not disapointed that Wiggins or Sky have not won the Giro. My point is and always has been that if people want to throw mud at Team Sky every time they appear in a story then these people should also be voicing their opinions about Astana and Nibali. Their silence is deafening. I actually hope Nibali is clean, if he is then it appears he is on another level to the rest and must be considered a chance for the Tour in July.
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
What are you guys smoking? Armstrong always said he was clean and that he was helping the fight against doping. Look what happened. Now Sky is selling the same old story and you believe it. If you look at the reactions after the Festina affair, Operación Puerto and USADA's reasoned decision. They are practically the same. "We need to look at the future not the past", "That was in the past cycling is really clean now", "We have a new scientific approach to cycling", "The equipment got allot better since then", "We have new diets", "We need to give the younger generation a change", "We have new training methods". And after a every new doping-affair, they say the same stuff all over again. If some rider you don't like wins he's dirty, but if he's from Australia or on SKY he most be clean, what a joke. If this was truth why didn't Nibali crush the "çlean" (and US-postal like dominating) SKY team in last years Tour?
Matic Robic More than 1 year ago
Troy, Nibali has never been this good in TT's. And you are wrong, Astana is currently the dirtiest team still in the pro peloton
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Matic Robic, Nibali was a strong TT rider since young. He was selected in his first season as a pro to represent Italy in the TT at Worlds. Of course he's not going to reach the level of a Wiggins on a flat course (see last year TdF) but on the Saltara TT he was close to Wiggins because he gained 1' on the nervous part of the course, as Wiggins was very cautious while Nibaliexploited his superior bike Handling ability (probably the best in the world in that respect). Nibali has improved a lot on his position on the bike on the flat, which is better than last year. Wrt yesterday TT, his performance was great. Still, it was a mountain TT. Competition was not the strongest at the moment, with Evans apparently at the Giro to prepare for the TdF. Nibali is 28, so he could still have margin of improvement.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
@mike - there's lots on Nibs. It's just it does not go on and on because there are no rabid fanboys saying how clean they must be. Unlike Sky, where every bit of PR to explain the "transformation" is lapped up by the skydiots.
Sephiroth More than 1 year ago
mike73nz, I tend to pressume that someone is only guilty when it's been proven. So Sky is clean imo atm although they ride astonishing at time. However, could you share your sources on this claim you made: "Nibali is not exactly squeaky clean and has a histoy of doping." Just out of curiosity
Ziraffe More than 1 year ago
lol troy, does riding like you have always ridden a proof that you don't dope? plus nibali is not riding like he always did. never won a grand tour before.
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
Didn't you read the articles on CN that Nibali has been working on his TT position?
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
I wonder if that's all he's been working on?
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
Yes LA drop some pounds after cancer too..... blind
TheCycleSeen More than 1 year ago
Absolutely nothing suggests Nibali is on drugs. He's a supreme talent, always has been, and he's beating a 37 year old Evans and an unproven Uran. It's hardly shocking that he's winning so well.
Matic Robic More than 1 year ago
His dramatic imrpovement in less than one year is kind of suspicius
Matic Robic More than 1 year ago
*imrpovement in TT.
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
Didn't you read the articles on CN that Nibali has been working on his TT position?
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
And what about Froome? He became a grand tour contender out of nothing.
Adrian Nastasoiu More than 1 year ago
Nibali finished third at the Junior World Time Trial Championship in 2002 and also third at the U-23 World Time Trial Championship in 2004...in 2011 Giro he was second in a similar stage.PS.Contador was first.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Doesn't prove anything unfortuantely as he may have been doping in 2002. Plenty of young amatuers were doping in italy in the 90's when i was riding. The non-pro teams had a professional set up in that regard which i avoided and didn't make it as a result. It's not hard to think he's been on the juice for a long time. Hope its not true but i wouldn't be surpirsed either.
TheCycleSeen More than 1 year ago
Sorry mike73nz, but there's no evidence, positive test, link to dodgy doctor or spike in his blood passport at any time to say that he may have been doping in past years. You can only say that if you're going to tar everyone with the doping brush -- which is fair enough given what we've seen before from plenty -- but if you're going to do that you may as well find another sport to watch, one which doesn't test it's athletes much.
djconnel More than 1 year ago
If doping use is decreasing, then people who previously did poorly may start doing better. The raw numbers on Nibali's time trial yesterday are not historically exceptional. VAM = 1400-something.
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
Blind...... Super talent as LA or AC? What about working with one of the dirties rider in the peloton Vinokurov. Come on man don't be so naive. He is showing super super strong because he has to be using special fuel. A real human will be getting weaker and weaker not stronger and stronger
veganpotter More than 1 year ago
Again...I'm in disbelief that winning by a large margain is extra evidence of someone being clean. Absolutely idiotic!!! A perfect example of a clean athlete would be Lance Armstrong coming back and strugling to hold a wheel in the back of the field
zecarioca More than 1 year ago
mike you probably mad because Wiggins hasn't done nothing this year, wonder why?? Evans wasn't sure he was going to ride e Giro and he is up there on age, Uran is up and down, also are you friends with Evans and Uran that know for sure they are clean? Don't be so angry maybe you should try cycling is good for you
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
haha, you need to relax mate. I've read your posts before and know you like Team Sky and think they are clean like i do. I was just making the same comments others have done in the past were a team and rider's performace is questionable. If it's ok to question Sky then surely it's ok to question the rest?
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
"If it's ok to question Sky then surely it's ok to question the rest" Mike that line has a very very familiar ring to it. You running two accounts ?
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
No just this one, not trolling like some do.
iride712 More than 1 year ago
What makes you so sure about Team Sky, aside from all the hype/media commentary and 'squeaky' clean image they portray? The point here is to look at riders over a very large timeframe - you can never really be sure when/how long athletes started using any substance, but sure give aways something isn't "quite right" are things like dramatic performance spikes, conversion of genetic traits (ie one day a sprinter the next a mountain goat), no performance drop off's, or dramatic performance loss as a result of increased testing. You could go back over the years and join the dots on many questionable riders using this framework. I could identify riders currently who'd fit these characteristics at Sky and other teams. Nibali wouldn't be my first guess though.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Then why don't you question Sky as well?
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
iride, i did question and look at Sky last year. However, based on what we know about Sir Dave and the olympic tract squad which is 100% clean and reviewing David Walsh's articles it becomes apparent that they are clean. David Walsh was the one who took down Lance and i would listen to him over the public who sit at home on their computers typing any old rubbish without ever having to back it up or front up to it. Until Walsh tells us otherwise or any evidence comes out we must presume Team Sky to be clean. Its not hard to believe. What is hard is the history of cycling which was doped from 1903 right up until recently on a huge scale. Amatuers, Pro's you name it were on it in the continent. Other countries have had their own issues but doping was never as it was over in Italy, France, Russia, Germany and Spain. I understand people doubting them, even i still doubt some performances like Di Luka's recently in the Giro, ops, looks like it was more than suspect! I am not 100% or even 50% sure that Astana are clean which unfortunatley doesn't look good for Nibali. Nibali might be clean, however, he might not be and no one can say either way at the moment.
peppevlondon More than 1 year ago
you are a sad loser mate..cheer up Sky will win the TDF
bambino More than 1 year ago
Mike you just don't understand (or you are a troll) how bad all your comments sound for your dear belowed Sky... There is nothing special in Nibali's performance beating i.e Evans with 4 minutes - 2012 TdF he crashed him with close to 10. I bet he was not only on another level but an alien on that Tour? Oh yeah - I forgot - there apparently were couple of guys who were even more out of this world... wonder who they were?
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
So if Wiggins was still here and leading Nibali by a few seconds you wouldn't question it? Sounds like double standards to me and just makes a lot of people on here seem to be bitter and twisted about Sky, don't know why as they are a new team with no history of ever doping.
bambino More than 1 year ago
I'm not questioning Wiggins - even if he would be there to lead with 10 minutes. But you did not get my point even when I tried to make it really simple - so let's try second time... by questioning Nibali as heavily as you do here in your crusade - you are actually questioning the ones that has beaten him lately - Wiggins being one of them with quite some notable distance. Try to understand that looking to past years result of the GC contenders of this Giro - Nibali should actually lead far more than 4 minutes by now (at least against Evans).
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
You can not compare past results as form and injuries etc... also come into play. No one ever won a race by sitting on their sofa taking drugs. Not hard to imagine that with better training and possible doping that a rider could beat someone who they lost to last year. Wiggins was and has always been clean. The bloke would rather work in a supermarket than cheat which is unlike alot of riders, Mr Di Luka etc.... And you are questioning Wiggins, just because you don't name names doesn't mean you aren't.
bambino More than 1 year ago
Useless... you just don't get it :(
iride712 More than 1 year ago
I question that in 100+ yrs of TDF's no track pursuiter and self confessed 'average climber' has ever been able to make a transition to win a Grand Tour. Sure there was a butt load of TT/ITT and he had riders to drag his butt up climbs. But still?? I question that a Kenyan/UK went from a competitive amateur at best to legitimate GC contendor and obliterator of some of the best proven climbers in the world. I question why Mick Rogers left Sky? When you're an elite athlete, your yr-to-yr performance gains are not that great 1-2% and it's more about peaking at the right time and incremental improvements. You don't see 5-10%+ gains over the competition, as it's a competitive market and technology improvements don't attribute that much. How does that happen? "The best predictor of performance is performance itself." Past performance in the absence of any other measures, is the most accurate predictor of future performance.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
iride712, you obviously don't ride 712 or have any knowledge of Wiggins or Sky so not sure why you are commenting on here. The simple facts are: 1, Wiggins is a super athlete or specialised in TT's and track riding for years. You need to be a great bike rider with a massive engine to win Olympic TT's as he has done. He also rode on the road for many years where he specialised in stage wins and TT's ignoring the overall as he was geared up for the track still. 2. Since leaving the track and concentrating on the road 100% he has improved his climbing ability by dropping the track weight and using his huge engine to effectively TT up hill. While he is not the type of climber like Froome or Contador he is still a fast ascender which provided the basis for his Tour win last year. I hope these facts correct your impression of him so you can understand a little more about him. As for Froome, he was a decent talent but had a illness which prevented him from maximising his ability. With that cleared up a couple of years back he has shown steady progress over the past three seasons as he has become older and stronger and the results of a better training approach by Team Sky plus a better team has seen him improve where he is now one of the contenders to win in July. He simply has not come out of no where as people suggest. Mick Rogers left Sky as he would not sign their antidoping contract. End of story.
iride712 More than 1 year ago
Quite honestly Mike, to be questioning someone's cycling credentials whom you've never met or heard of over the internet is a joke. What's your credentials hot shot? I'm very comfortable with my cycling credentials and professional sporting accomplishments to date. Obviously you're a believer of Team Sky. I hope for cycling's sake they are clean, but I still reserve my judgement given what I know.
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
People need a more balanced view. Accusing NIbali and then saying Evans and Uran are clean is a little silly to be honest. Nibali is only demonstrating the form he's shown all year. Evans has been very average up until the Giro which I think he's overperformed in tbh. Uran is probably performing above normal if anything. That said mike73nz I do agree with you on the fact that a lot of Sky bashers on here will readily acuse Wiggins & Froome of doping and when NIbali is on top won't start the him. Double standards.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Exactly PJK, double standards by the truck load!
Ripper More than 1 year ago
Both you folks should open your eyes. The comments are not about Sky alone. Yup, Sky gets bashed, as they should. But Nibs is not without comment. Quit whining go check out the clinic in the forum instead of posting this BS. Or keep on living with your head in the skysand.
The Death Merchant More than 1 year ago
They are all dopers. Anyone who believes otherwise is just a blind gullible fool. One cannot win Giro/Tour/Vuelta (or even get to top 10) clean. That's just common sense to anyone who have followed cycling or sports in general last 20+ years with open eyes and not with some blind fanboi attitude. And cycling isn't alone. Athletics is as dirty as cycling. Same thing with any professional sports league, whether it's Premier League, La Liga, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, etc. etc. And the more the particular sport is about endurance/speed/strength instead of skill, the more doping gives you advantage and the more essential it is to dope in order to win. I wonder if there were any clean winners in the last Olympics... Maybe in arching.
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
This is simply not true. I rode the Giro as a domestique twice in the 90s. My leader at the time did well to stay out of trouble the first week and as I was with him I found myself in the top 20 during the first ten days of the race. Then he faltered the second week and I was essentially the best placed rider in our team after that. I am a climber and the team supported me to the end and I finished the race 11 at just over 6 minutes off the winner. I didn't dope (never have) and with the support of the team I was able to do quite well. Another time I rode the Giro i also made the top 20.
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
I agree with you Mike. I cannot understand how many blind people are in this forum. I bet they still believe in LA and his witch hunt theory
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Exactly, LA was a" witch hunt", but it was what was needed to expose him. Shame more "witch hunts" have not been done over the past to out Indurain, Mercxk etc....
malknight More than 1 year ago
I'm waiting for the Nibali shoe to drop. Astana is dodgy. and Nibali is way more explosive than he has been in previous years.
TheCycleSeen More than 1 year ago
Of course he's not alone, there's drug users in every sport, there always be some trying to break the rules, but the testing is better than in any other sport and it's good to see he was caught. As a result of the testing levels in cycling I no longer think the majority are at it.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
I agree. It's sad that he has blackened the eye of our sport for now. But the good news is, he's gone. And one by one, through injury, old age, or sanctions, the "old guard" are leaving the sport and it is moving toward a new mindset of no longer accepting doping as "business as usual".
DrSpoke More than 1 year ago
CN discussions continue their recent trend-Farse! This is an article about how a very dirty rider has been caught, again, and should be cause for some celebration. Instead it has been hijacked by people with an anti-Sky or Nibali is dirty agenda. Jesus wept - let it go, or at least keep it to sections of discussion that are relevant!
miwi77777 More than 1 year ago
grow up... the worst thing CN ever did was to allow comments. it's turned this site into a farce.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me? It´s a great thing. Cycling is a joke, hands down. There is no way to stop it, because you´ll never catch all the cheaters. You catch some, and the rest are heros. My advice is to any sponsor is that you have to be CRAZY to sponsor a cycling team!
rastymick More than 1 year ago
And you think all other sports are "clean"? Most sports don't even have 10% of the controls and measures that apply to cycling. In my opinion, cycling at the current moment is one of the "cleaner" sports.
TheCycleSeen More than 1 year ago
If that's the case epofuel, what sport pray tell do you suggest they sponsor? Because cycling is no worse than football and many other sports ... if anything it's better because it tests and because it catches it's athletes.
Matic Robic More than 1 year ago
*epofuel, actually sponsors are CRAZY sponsoring the steroid pumped up NBA and NHL league (if you are from the US) or if you are from the EU, we have CRAZY sponsors giving tons and tons of money to soccer clubs, who accept bribes to lose games and were implicated (and shockingly never convicted) in loads of doping affairs...
zecarioca More than 1 year ago
epofuel cycling is probably the sport that test the most, basketball don't even test for epo, in tennis testing is a joke players can finish a grand slam and not even been tested, football random test and 1 st offense you get 4 games, baseball , hoeckey, soccer barely test so if you think cycling is a joke lets say all pro sports are a joke maybe curling is the only clean sport
marginalgain More than 1 year ago
Is it time to consider life time bans for doping in ALL SPORTS. I know if I break the rules in my job they don't give me two years to think about and then come back. Especially if I knowingly cheat or break the law.
ubercurmudgeon More than 1 year ago
You obviously don't work in banking (but otherwise, I agree with your point.)
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
This is a disgrace... and a big blow for Italian cycling and the Vini Farnese team.
GreaseMonster More than 1 year ago
Yeah like they didn't know that Di Luca wasn't up to something special.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
Either way, its a blow for them...
rastymick More than 1 year ago
Luca Scinto (Vini Vantini's team manager) didn't want to have DiLuca on the team, but he was forced to sign him after Aqua Sapone's (co-sponsor) request. The bad thing is that an entire hard-working team will have to pay for this now. I wonder if Vini Fantini will remain a sponsor?
Grintagrimpeur More than 1 year ago
Just remember, Scinto was a rider from the stable of Giancarlo Ferretti who ran MG Technogym who police found with doping products at the 97' Giro. Follow the crumbs people. I wouldnt trust Luca Scintos analysis of affairs if you gave me a million dollars.
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
Let me guess: another three months for him?
Lexman More than 1 year ago
yeah he will help and provide information ...
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
6 months if he tells on Lance!
Motophoto11 More than 1 year ago
Doesn't this sound familiar, the gang of dopers who turned state;s evidence on LA and said oh but we were clean as of 2006... somehow how like I have always said a doper never stops doping.... until you ban this jerks from the start you wont curb it. Test positive our racing career is done over finale....Will this bring down the sport probably not,... but at some point the UCI needs to step aside and let an independant group deal with all doping issues take it out of the hands of the uci and national federations.. put teeth to it and show sponsors and riders and fans we have had enough...
mikeelmer More than 1 year ago
Negative! He will be gone for Life!
FabiquesAnquetillara More than 1 year ago
He brought Acqua+Sapone money to the Vini Fantini. That was only reason why they signed aged veteran who was out of A level racing anyway. Very quickly he got back to level when he was so and so able to keep up with the front at Giro. Giving his past, not a big surprise. Rather desperate measures. However it does not say anything about others. Anything. I guess they regret these recetly added Acqua+Sapone bubbles on their jerseys very dearly at ViniFantini. They have been probably desperate too (financially) when signing "risky" DiLuca.
Alan D More than 1 year ago
Oh well... it was good while it lasted...., eh Danilo? But I'm cool with Danilo... I mean to say.. Danilo Di Luca... what a cool name. And; Oxygen is good , right, so more must be better. ANd as for "ban everyone".. you might as well ban sport, and relagate all competitive pursuits to hobby status. We'll stage a games every 4 years.. we'll call them.. um.. El Wimpics. Even then, most hobbyists cheat. When you've done 65 kms out there and you tell your mates you've done 70.. you're cheating. When you intentionally head out into the wind and come back with it... you're cheating. When you write in blogs like this at the office or when your partner's doing housework or cooking., you're cheating. When you take a bundle of yardsticks and smash them to bits, you're breaking all the rules ! And what a cool name..Danilo Di Luca... with that name if he wasn't such an evil count(and yet groovey), he'd be an evil count (in a movie).
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
If Di Luca rides this bad on EPO, what do the other riders use?
rastymick More than 1 year ago
This doesn't say anything about other riders. Doping doesn't turn a mediocre rider into a top rider. 4 years ago, a study was done in Germany testing numerous hobby runners in a half marathon event and it turned out that about 30% of those hobby runners were doped! Guys with half marathon times of 1.5-2 hours were using EPO!
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
No? I think it does. Look at Lance Armstrong, look at Thomas Dekker, look at Erik Dekker, look at Juan José Cobo, look at Ángel Luis Casero, look at David Millar. This list is much longer. I have seen a study that says that with EPO you can maintain the same power effort 54% longer. "EPO use improved time to exhaustion by an enormous 54% within 4 weeks! Peak Power Output improved by 13% in the first four weeks of the trial." Source: sportsscientists.com
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
Back that up with facts, a link to the study and the quality of the research. Come on, people running 2h and spending 1000-3000$ for that. I would think there wife would of asked, where the hell did that 3000$ go... hey darling you know that super performance, last weekend, when I came in 500 position, well that was all EPO...
climb4fun More than 1 year ago
Really? They are doing club rides on 10K USD bicycles!
mr2605 More than 1 year ago
doping increases your power up to 2-7 %. Figure it out how many minutes that makes on a 3 week competition.
jalabert More than 1 year ago
You would seriously have to be a below average athlete to be on EPO and run 1:30 for a half marathon. I run 1:20 on UP N GO and Gels.........that is seriously special needs......
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
This BAd, he is been attacking almost every stage, keeping up in the mountains, came in tenth place at the TT. You are not following the Giro I believe, or just looking at the results.
FabiquesAnquetillara More than 1 year ago
Actually it is morelikely to be proof Giro is cleaner than ever, because if (as you suggest) all others would be doped up, EpoDiLuca would be hanging in grupetto as expected from guy who had done hardly any racing in last year and is way over his prime. But since EpoDiLuca was ridding in the front, that actually shows these other top ridders are clean. If they were not, DiLuca would not be able to keep up with them.
il Magnifico Maria More than 1 year ago
So he attacks and comes in 10th in the TT. It's not like he won anything. He is down over 33 minutes in the GC. So clearly he isn't able to keep up with the front riders.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
That's exactly what i just commented on another page, if he's drugged and is losing to the 'clean' riders, makes u wonder how clean are the others... There surely is a different level of 'cleanliness' that is acceptable.
TheStaz More than 1 year ago
He's 37. If your dad started to dope it wouldn't guarantee that he'd beat you in a race.
optica More than 1 year ago
Cycling cannot afford any more of this ****. Lifetime bans are the only sensible option now.
Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
lifetime banns are idiotic. this isn't some serial killer murdering about. this is a sport. everyone deserves a 2nd chance. even criminals, so definitely athletes who made one mistake. di luca should and will be banned for life though
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Exactly, even Lance didn't deserve a life time ban for his first offence. 2 years for a first, then 8 years for a 2nd which effectively ends a riders career.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
There's the confirmation.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
What are you on about now?
ShawnB More than 1 year ago
Yeah, exactly Chuck T. Every time.
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
A second chance yes but not a 3rd chance. This guy has had more than 3 by the sounds of it. Suspect sample in the Giro 2007 which he won and that whole doping investigation centred around Dr Carlo Santuccione the same year. He also just returned from another 2 year ban. Should be life for him I'm afraid.
The Death Merchant More than 1 year ago
Dopers don't deserve a second chance. They know exactly what they are doing when they go to the dark side. It's not a mistake when you dope. It's a conscious decision to cheat. Riding a bike for living is Not some fundamental human right. It's a privilege. A privilege that these dopers rob from clean and honest riders. 2 years clearly isn't enough of a deterrent. It seems it's not a deterrent at all. One strike and you're out is the only way to go. Life time bans from doping to all sports. And if the athletes don't like it, they can always go and do real work for living like the rest of us.
MonkeyKnifeFight More than 1 year ago
You are right. Longer sanctions on a first time offense will deter more (notice I didn't say all). Even fours isn't long enough. Lifetime ban is the only way.
Benito More than 1 year ago
Mama mia, incredibile!