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Di Luca banned for life by CONI

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December 5, 2013, 16:27,
December 5, 2013, 16:39
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 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 after the finish
  • Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) takes a drink

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EPO positive ends Italian's career

The anti-doping tribunal of the Italian Olympic Committee has given Danilo Di Luca a lifetime ban from the sport following his positive doping test for EPO ahead of this year's Giro d'Italia, CONI announced today.

Di Luca was also fined €35,000 and must pay €850 for the costs of the proceedings, as well as the costs of the lab analysis, which is 3,150 CHF.

The 37-year-old Italian was brought into the Vini Fantini squad in February of this year. He tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control taken on April 29, but the news of the result did not break until the third week of the Giro d'Italia. His teammate Mauro Santambrogio also tested positive for EPO in a sample taken on stage 1 the race.

The positive was Di Luca's third doping offence: he served a three-month ban in the 'Oil for Drugs' investigation in 2007, and then tested positive for EPO CERA at the 2009 Giro d'Italia. He was given a reduced ban of 15 months for cooperating with the authorities.

DjangoFurioso 11 months ago
Finally. Get thee gone, loser.
GoatHerd 11 months ago
Cycling life ban #2.
TheFred 11 months ago
Is this a life ban for cycling or for all sports? Lance's ban for all sports is very public since he wanted to compete in other things. Does a cyclist's ban typically include all sports which are signatories to WADA or did Lance get a unique punishment? Please do not answer unless you really know. Thanks!
reubenr 11 months ago
Fred, there is an old saying that one fool can ask more questions than a thousand wise men can answer. Congratulations! You just did it. Of course, you are right. They made it all up for Lance. The last time I checked, though, the article was about Danilo, el Dopo, Di Luca, who rode for the earthquake victims of L'Aquila, cancer or no cancer. Di Luca should be strung up for what he did, and Lance with him.
TheFred 11 months ago
Thanks for answering. For older riders like DiLuca, a lifetime ban from bicycle racing doesn't seem to be much of a punishment. But for those those that want to continue competition in other sports (Jalabert, Armstrong, etc.), a ban from all sports would have a little more teeth, although it still does not hit them in the pocket, where it would really hurt.
Steel4Ever 11 months ago
I believe (and I could be wrong) that Ironman and tri's come under the one giant wing of the sanctioning US entity -- USDA. Ergo, Liestrong is banned from anything requiring a US license.
GoatHerd 11 months ago
They ought give the Vini Fantini dayglow kit a life ban as well.
laflammerouge 11 months ago
Better yet, if only the ban could be a lifetime of forcing him to wear the Vini Fantini kit in public.
ellenbrook2001 11 months ago
anatomy34 11 months ago
What say you pontificators of a new and clean peloton? These guys beat the tests most of the time as shown by this racer's 3 positives in 6 years. This is business as usual ----- results attract sponsorship dollars (euros).
leftbehind 11 months ago
I think it goes a long way toward showing that dopers aren't able to beat the tests ALL the time. That in itself should cause riders to steer clear.
Galic Ho 11 months ago
Wrong champ. It shoes the Italians catch dopers. That is all it shows. Thus it also shows they ban them. Name me the last time someone big went down at the Tour or Vuelta? That's right...a long time. When it happened Patrice Clerc was FIRED by the ASO and Lance came back. Your understanding of what is really going on is severely lacking.
leftbehind 11 months ago
I understand what's going on just fine. Why are there so many posters on this forum who are incapable of disagreeing with someone's opinion without engaging in personal putdowns?
Psalmon 11 months ago
I ask who stands on a street corner so they can cheer an accident when it occurs? This story is a good story for cycling. Nobody cares about cycling unless you have a passion or love for it. Certainly nobody goes to cycling websites unless they have that interest. I can't understand your apparent told-you-so celebration. I can't understand how anyone could interpret this as anything but positive for cycling.
sbroaddus 11 months ago
very twisted comment, i have to agree with leftbehind and psalmon. the "they-all-dope-it's-no-big-deal" crowd needs to get run out of the sport just like the dopers.
bowchickabowow 11 months ago
The most frustrating thing is that he was "caught" only after lighting up some key moments of a a huge race. Why couldn't they catch him closer to the time they actually tested him in April? I'm sure somebody missed a split because EPO was making a split. The result is that EPO had a real affect on the outcome of the Giro. That's not the kind of "cleaning up the sport" we all hope for is it? So now he's screwed, but he got a good chance to deliver some screwings of his own while on 2013. It shouldn't take that long to test a sample and deliver the result and take somebody out of competition.
Uncle_Tod 11 months ago
Moron of the century...
thebikeandnothingbut.... 11 months ago
No, that's Armstrong. But Di Luca's a close second.
Jesus from Cancun 11 months ago
I thought that was Ricco
colnago200 11 months ago
Fairly poor financial penalty - he was close ot retirement anyway
philpaque 11 months ago
Yes, he's made plenty of money.
mutschi 11 months ago
Exactly. Does he really care? He made so much money by cheating he is set up for live. I don't think it will scare away young talented greedy riders from doing the same. Most pro cyclists are risk takers - they risk their health and life on the descents. Risk your health by taking drugs? The cynics amongst them will laugh. Stay clean and life on a 40.000 Euro wage for the next 15 years and then open a bike shop? Or take drugs, get a break through and GT win (like DeLuca) and make millions? Thank you very much I take option two. There will always be a number of pro rider that take option two. Maybe not the majority but a big number. And why? Because they can. Anti-doping always plays catch up, is always late. We will find out what these guys use today in five to ten years.
sbroaddus 11 months ago
so mutschi tells us mutschi would absolutely dope. thanks for that, mutschi. sure hope you have zero influence on any young talented cyclists that might have a promising future in the sport. you just told us you're nothing but a scumbag.
aeromono 11 months ago
barf. "talented young cyclists" beg for dope the most, they seek out "coaches"/pushers like Crawford. Also in the USA, %98 of "talented young cyclists" = trust fund babies. Their "promise" is they can pay their own expenses.
Scale Rouleur 11 months ago
Good riddance!
ProRoadAccess 11 months ago
Well done finally CONI.
Geoffrey Taylor 11 months ago
Its about time!!
jens_attacks 11 months ago
Forzza Danilo! A truly legend of cycling _O_
sbroaddus 11 months ago
there's always a joker in the crowd.
Broth3r 11 months ago
I'm against life sentences for first offences. But for cases like this? It's a perfectly apt sentence. Good riddance.
Bizmonq 11 months ago
I see an un-sactioned head to head race against Armstrong in the near future! Place your bets now...
ellenbrook2001 11 months ago
yes they have left of the hook
wrinklyvet 11 months ago
I recognise every word but put together in this order they mean nothing to me.
TheFred 11 months ago
Wrinkly, I'm disappointed in you. Ellenbroook is one of my favorites to decipher. This one does take looking at a few times with an open mind before you understand.