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Luca Ascani positive for EPO

By:
Laura Weislo
Published:
August 03, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:35 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for August 3, 2007

The reigning Italian time trial champion Luca Ascani (Aurum Hotels) was suspended by his team...

The reigning Italian time trial champion Luca Ascani (Aurum Hotels) was suspended by his team following news that the rider had tested positive for EPO. The 24 year-old tested positive following his championship ride, according to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), the country's antidoping agency.

His team suspended him pending the outcome of the hearing on his case. Ascani thus becomes the next in a long line of recent doping positives including Saunier Duval's Iban Mayo, Astana's Alexander Vinokourov and Matthias Kessler, T-Mobile's Patrik Sinkewitz, and fellow Italian Cristian Moreni (Cofidis).

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