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Di Luca to face CONI over Giro EPO positive

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 28, 2013, 23:19,
Updated:
August 29, 2013, 02:08
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 29, 2013
Race:
Giro d'Italia
Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) on the attack late in stage 4.

Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) on the attack late in stage 4.

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Third-time offender to face life ban

Danilo Di Luca has been summoned to a hearing before the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome next Wednesday which could see him banned from the sport for life.

Di Luca was forced to quit the Giro d'Italia earlier this year after testing positive for EPO during an out of competition test preceding the race. Di Luca's teammate, Mauro Santambrogio, also tested positive for EPO following a control on the opening day of the Giro.

With scandal brewing, the Vini Fantini team were quick to distance themselves from Di Luca following news of his positive test. Apart from Valentino Sciotti, the close ally of Di Luca who secured a place for him within the Vini-Fantini set-up, it is hard to see any other sponsors wanting to be associated with the tainted Italian.

Di Luca's troubles began following his implication in the Oil for Drugs in 2004. His second strike was a positive test for CERA at the 2009 Giro d'Italia, brought on by the "pipì degli angeli" scandal of the 2007 Giro.

Now facing sanction for his third offence, 37-year-old Italian, appears to be a lost cause with Giro chief Michele Acquarone declaring: "He needs help."
 

ranprunty More than 1 year ago
"was forced quit" "Vini Fantini team where quick" "He's needs help."
deemfingtee More than 1 year ago
money is too tight at CN to hire an editor?
Gary Lee More than 1 year ago
Ebonics?
bike_boy More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure we can all see a pattern developing with this rider.
Pomroadie More than 1 year ago
He's an idiot and he deserves the book thrown at him. I'll believe the life ban when we see it, bet they give him 2 years cos "he's a good boy who needs help". Don't these guys get it, they should not do the drugs/blood dope and if there is pressure from their team management then they need to talk quietly to the authorities because the culture is changing and it ain't ok anymore to do it.
BigBoat More than 1 year ago
MAYBE the culture has changed a little bit. But really, Di Luca is being ostracized in large part by guys who consistently do the same thing as him. Some might be clean, but for the most part the cycling hypocrisy I believe has gotten worse or continues. I'll never forget Tyler Hamilton's story about the most popular cyclist among casual cycling fans: Big Jens. 2008 ToCalifornia: "Hey Jens, what's up?" Jens, "says nothing looks straight ahead" "What are you doing today?" "Just trying to follow the wheel ahead of me." (emotionless, unfriendly) Jens is a rider in pro cycling fan base who's known as the nicest, most "humble" and "down to earth guys." He is a man ALMOST to a 100% certainly has doped systematically in the past and maybe even currently. He's also the first guy to throw a busted doper under the bust because that's how things work in his world. When guys get busted, their like sacrificed virgins to the gods. Kill them and Jens can continue making that $250,000 a year salary and a sure management/TV job post cycling that pays even better.
fruit bars with eyes More than 1 year ago
yep good guys and bad guys - the biggest myth in cycling - file di luca with Pantani and VDB- facing ruined lives. meanwhile we can enjoy watching Kelly, Roche and Virenque commentate on Contador Valverde and Millar, ahead of cars containing Riis and JV and Zabel, through fans head to toe in Hincapie and riding Moser and Merckx, to get to a podium with Hinault on it
JimmyCasper More than 1 year ago
Lol....very funny but true :)
rhodescl More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I don't get how you brought Jens into this and how you think the Hamilton story ties into doping. What was the point of this post again?
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
I will assume you're not being rhetorical and provide an answer... He is illustrating how some are vilified while others are commonly regarded as totally affable. When the truth of the matter is, if we could know the absolute truth, particularly for those in the game for a long time, they're all about the same behind closed doors. They portray public personas, but that's just marketing themselves. Before you get your panties in a wad, please know that we all have those we love and love to hate. But it's not based on anything other than our own perception of who they are and our likes/dislikes. (eg I admire Armstrong to this moment)
ianfra More than 1 year ago
Disgusting post. Provide the evidence about Jens. Otherwise please do not post without proof. Jens may or may not be doping but you haven't got any right to make this accusation without proof.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Ianfra, I enjoy your posts and learn from you. But in this case, don't fall prey to the common cry of "show the evidence/proof"; you're above that. Big boat is just expressing his thoughts/opinions. He is not sending anyone to jail. This forum is for opinions and people's thoughts. And what is "evidence/proof"? Throughout history, things that were believed to be indisputable facts turn out to be totally false. Even in courts of law, "scientific" evidence is perceived in complete opposite ways by people based on their own perceptions and biases. If you love Jens, as most do, keep on loving. Let big boat have his thoughts. As for me, I think Lance was framed:-)
n085329 More than 1 year ago
Maybe they're outsourcing to India, and someone's just using Google translator. They were advertising for an Australian online editor a week or so ago. Clearly that new person hasn't started yet.
wirral More than 1 year ago
I notice the comments have been heeded and the article now edited. Back to Di Luca, he couldn't care less. He's 37, filthy rich and would have only won a couple of big stages at the very best in the remainder of his career. He can now enjoy the rest of his life with his millions. Can I, can you? Nope, we gotta go to work tomorrow. That's how it goes, cheats prosper.
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
Yep. I agree. Cheats prosper. It really does pay to cheat. Look at the US postal boys and every other rider from the "ERA." I can almost understand the temptation to cheat with the amount of money these guys made and are still making. I.e. Hincapie. Zabriskie etc.
ianfra More than 1 year ago
He's filthy rich, not because of cycling, but he comes from a rich family, which may inform his behaviour. He is also the person behind Kyklos bikes.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Out of curiosity, if he gets banned for life, is it from cycling only? If so, why did Lance get banned from all sports?
cyclemike66 More than 1 year ago
Because the Spanish, French and Italians forgive and forget. The Germans and Americans abolish, abandon and vilify their fallen heroes. It makes for better TV and thus more money.
rhodescl More than 1 year ago
Correction. The Americans abolish, abandon and vilify only one fallen hero
the vagabond More than 1 year ago
Jackie Joyner-Kersey, Mike Tyson, Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGuire, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez, Aaron Hernandez (want me to go on?), and soon to be, if she doesn't quit the sport now before people start asking more questions, Venus Williams.
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
At least he can't dish out any BS of having stopped in 2005 or so.
Uncle John More than 1 year ago
None of them would be filthy rich if a life-time ban for the first offence of heavy drug use was in force.
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Think otherwise. Some make it late into their careers without ever being caught. See Cancellara (Luigi), Voigt, Horner, Rodriguez et al. Now why that is I can't figure out. Maybe they are what "protected riders" really are meant by.
Uncle_Tod More than 1 year ago
Maybe they didn't get caught because they didn't dope?
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
They are also rich because they get to keep their money...... Thats the place to hit them if a difference is to be made. Riis is STILL allowed to add to his millions. Its a complete joke. Cycling needs to get its house in order, NOW.
Toobab More than 1 year ago
I think you are overestimating the money that riders make. Even successful riders who have decent sponsorship have to share this around their supporters, agents, and a lot of guys even had to pay for their own medicines and medical support. What they are left with often isn't much more than a living wage when you average it over their working life including time off for injury and so on.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Didn't Riis buy a team? Johan Bruyneel made a loan for about $2.25 million USD cash. Somehow or another, these guys are finding some pocket change. Cute and cuddly Nairo Quintana just got offered $2.25 million USD a year to ride. Granted, he got second in the TdF, but he is a young guy without a long record of world tour success. At that level everything is taken care of except illicit drugs. You're also forgetting personal sponsors. DiLuca is rich.
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
Riis owns several houses lives in tax friendly Switzerland. His wealth is not over estimated at all. I do realise that many make less. And thats part of my point. The biggest cheats make the most, often at the expense of those who make minimum, some of them choose to be clean... The biggest deterrent is in a riders pocket. 6 month ban during winter? come on get real U.C.I.
RidemanRide100 More than 1 year ago
Wig. That's the issue. USADA handed down the suspension of 6 months, not the UCI, while it appears the the UCI didn't do anything else to the "list" like adding another 18 months to the ban. Very sad indeed.
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
You are right about the house of cycling in dire need of order. Other than that I think there is ample proof sanctions don't work universally as a deterrent. Look at criminal law for instance. Someone has to come up with something motivating people in pro-sports not to dope in the first place, or, dreaming, something that renders peds an actual disadvantage in competition. Best concept so far is T&R and a code of honor I guess.Hope a change in UCI's presidency makes that possible. Race organizers should then scale routes back to more humanly manageable dimensions. It won't clean cycling completely, but it might have us see racing with a higher degree of fairness. I don't think it would be less entertaining.
SourKraut More than 1 year ago
Please also ban nickname "the killer" ....did a five year old come up with that? The same one who named his black dog "blackie"
azureskies More than 1 year ago
Actually, during the Vuelta some years back DiLucca was spanksed by Peipoli, Sella, and Ricco. Does that mean he wasn't doping then, or wewe they more doped, so DiLucca was less guilty. Move on CONI and go after the current dopers, that stuff with DiLucca is the past. DiLuca has suffered because of Simeoni enough.