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Di Luca asked to collaborate by CONI anti-doping investigators

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September 5, 2013, 09:38,
September 5, 2013, 10:46
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 5, 2013
Danilo Di Luca was a late addition to the Vini Fantini team

Danilo Di Luca was a late addition to the Vini Fantini team

  • Danilo Di Luca was a late addition to the Vini Fantini team
  •  Danilo Di Luca (Fantini Vini - Selle Italia)

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"Whoever wasn't a fan of mine before won't be a fan now either"

Danilo Di Luca met with anti-doping investigators from the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome for an hour on Wednesday to answer questions regarding his positive test for EPO, announced during this year’s Giro d’Italia.

The positive test, which took place on April 29 but was only revealed in the final days of the Giro, was the second of Di Luca’s career following the positive control for CERA that saw him stripped of his second place finish at the centenary Giro in 2009.

Previously suspended for six months in 2007 for working with banned doctor Carlo Santuccione, it is believed that Di Luca now faces a ban of between eight and twelve years for what amounts to a third doping offence.

“We spoke but I can’t tell you what I said,” Di Luca told reporters after the hearing, according to Tuttobici. “Did I confess? I can’t tell you, but they have asked me to collaborate.”

The grim irony, of course, is that Di Luca’s two-year suspension for his 2009 CERA positive was reduced by nine months in recognition of the information he provided to CONI’s anti-doping investigators and the longstanding Padua-based doping inquiry headed by Benedetto Roberti.

Indeed, the last time Di Luca answered questions outside Rome’s Stadio Olimpico was in October 2010, following the reduction of his ban, when he said that he had collaborated “in favour of cycling.”

On Wednesday, the 37-year-old Di Luca acknowledged that he was now facing a lengthy ban and was vague on whether or not he would look to stay involved with cycling in the future. “I’m already doing other things, so I’ll see,” Di Luca said. “I have a bike shop and a bike company, and I’m doing other sports, like tennis and swimming. It’s still early to decide what to do.”

Asked if he had a message for his remaining supporters, Di Luca said: “For now, I don’t feel I can say anything. Whoever is my fan will remain my fan, and whoever wasn’t a fan of mine before won’t be a fan now either. It doesn’t change a lot.”

Di Luca’s 2013 EPO positive came immediately after he signed for the Vini Fantini-Selle Italia in the week before the Giro d’Italia. Vini Fantini teammate Mauro Santambrogio also tested positive for EPO during the race, when his samples were re-tested following Di Luca’s positive test.

However, on Wednesday Gazzetta dello Sport speculated that Santambrogio could yet be cleared of doping when his B sample is tested due to the difficulties in detecting micro-doses of EPO.

roadrash More than 1 year ago
You're right Danilo, I never was a fan of yours, and I'm still not, and now I think you're a complete wa*!$£r
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
Lance lives in Italy? Same story. What's so different from 2009 Ricardo?
Eric Blais More than 1 year ago
He was fun to watch race.
Stalky More than 1 year ago
Agreed, it was more fun to watch when they were all cheating. Not sure why. It just was.
RiccoDinko More than 1 year ago
Cycling needs a Dopers League, Ricco, Rassmussen, Armstrong, Mayo, Ullrich... on and on.. Racing was dope back then!
azureskies More than 1 year ago
You are so correct r dinko, the 90s up to 2009 were epic. DiLucca was an epic rider, along with Kelme, Ricco, Sella, Rebillien, Botero, Mancebo, Sevilla, OLANO, Riis, Ulrich Basso, Contador,Lance VINO, true superstars. I don't get it dopers galor in NFL FIFA, tennis, MLB, and they want to rubbish cycling.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
This could create some nervousness if he collaborates honestly which is no sure thing of course.
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
I am the only one to blame. I bought it in the pharmacy across the street, the exact address of which I currently don't remember. I promise to be a good boy from now on. Thanks for another 3-month ban.
brian meahan More than 1 year ago
Sorry Danilo but I was a fan before your first doping offense and remained a fan albeit a bit skeptical until your second doping offense. Now with your 3rd (or is it 4th) time to get caught, only a fool would continues to be your fan. Anything less than a lifetime ban, that includes being able to sponsor or be involved in cycling in any way, is a joke.
FrogMan More than 1 year ago
embarassing piece of s**t
Joe_Runner More than 1 year ago
I'm glad to hear that the doping/EPO era in pro cycling is over and that things have changed. We can now focus on moving the peloton towards a gluten free diet. I hear that gluten is the source of all bodily disease.
helenawalker More than 1 year ago
If ever there was an argument for an immediate lifetime ban for a first offence!!!!!