Di Luca meets with CONI

2007 Giro d'Italia champion Danilo Di Luca met with Ettore Torri, the head prosecutor of the Italian...

2007 Giro d'Italia champion Danilo Di Luca met with Ettore Torri, the head prosecutor of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to discuss irregular doping tests taken during this year's Giro d'Italia. The test in question was taken following the 142-kilometre stage to Monte Zoncolan, which was won by Gilberto Simoni.

Di Luca, who is currently serving a three-month suspension for connections to the 'Oil for Drugs' investigation, was reported to have the hormone levels of a child in his urine after a surprise doping control taken the evening following the stage.

Accompanied by his lawyer Federico Cecconi for the hour long meeting, Di Luca denied he had taken an intravenous drip following the stage, as suggested by Torri. "The prosecutor has submitted reports of its endocrinologist," said Di Luca according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, "now we present ours. Prosecutor Ettore Torri told me that I could possibly have take a drip, if I had declared it. But I did not take any drip, a practice which is not prohibited, do what should I have to declare?"

Di Luca was supported by the Liquigas doctor who took care of the team during the Giro, Dr. Roberto Corsetti. "On May 30 after the stage with arrival at the Monte Zoncolan, I never gave any infusion to Danilo Di Luca as has been suggested, and have always complied with the regulations of WADA and the Italian rules in the field of doping."

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