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Italian doctor Filippo Manelli gets life ban

Cycling News
November 23, 2012, 11:05,
November 23, 2012, 11:06
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 23, 2012

Padua investigation reveals he advised Bertagnolli on EPO use

The Italian anti-doping tribunal has banned Italian doctor Filippo Manelli for life after evidence from the Padua police and USADA investigation revealed he advised Leonardo Bertagnolli on the use of EPO and growth hormones.

Under the WADA code, Dr. Manelli can no longer work in sport or attend events. He was also fined 1500 Euro.

According to an Italian police statement published by USADA as part of the documents released with the Reasoned Decision on the US Postal Service investigation, Bertagnolli said that the Brescia-based doctor advised him how to take EPO in 2003.

"I started to take EPO on the advice of Filippo Manelli in 2003 and he told me to inject it in the skin near my groin. He told me to stop taking it a week before a race," Bertagnolli's statement reads.

Bertagnolli had a thyroid problem but Manelli reportedly told him to use the growth hormone Geref.

"… I only took it a few times because of my problem. Manelli knew but still advised me to use GH. He told me what drugs to use when I visited him in his office in Gavardo. He wanted to be paid for the visits and for the drugs."

Bertagnolli said he visited Manelli between 2003 and 2006 before opting to work with Dr Michele Ferrari – who is at the centre of the Padua investigation.

Ferrari has always denied doping but was accused of working with numerous riders from the US Postal Service team and was banned for life by USADA.

The Padua investigation is expected to be wrapped up in December but the police have so far refused to hand over evidence to the Italian anti-doping investigators.

The Italian anti-doping investigators have called for three-month bans for Michele Scarponi and Giovanni Visconti for working with Dr. Ferrari. Other riders risk similar bans.


LaBici More than 1 year ago
Hopefully the bigger Ferrari Fish will be caught soon
Bender6amer More than 1 year ago
How did they work out a price for the fine of $1500?? Sounds like a slap on the wrist compared to a life ban
Julius Vajda More than 1 year ago
Finally some body else taking the heat. If we like to revive clean cycling we must start investigating not just the riders but all the people involved with the team and the governing authority.Such as UIC. WADA.USADA.....Maybe if we test all person's involved with cycling then we would know for sure that cycling is clean. Until then it is up to you to decide.
skimazk More than 1 year ago
life bans mean nothing as long as they only apply to the doctor...better to make them persona non grata and ban any rider for life that is caught still useing them. Ferrari has been banned in italy for years. Hasn't stopped his business, hasn't stopped his italian visitors from visiting. a life ban is a joke