Italy's Ruggero Marzoli has been disqualified by the Italian cycling federation (FCI) for six months for his involvement in the Oil for Drugs investigation involving Doctor Carlo Santuccione. The 32 year-old will be able to return to racing October 17.
Despite an appeal made on March 31 to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), the FCI appeals commission ruled, "he is liable for frequenting Doctor Carlo Santuccione, limited and without membership ... therefore it is considered guilty of attempted use of prohibited substances and a sanction is imposed."
Marzoli initially refused to cooperate with CONI prosecutors in the investigation dating back to 2004. Another Italian, 2007 Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca, served a three-month suspension this last winter for his relationship with Santuccione. For more details on the Oil for Drugs, read NAS blitz nets nada and NAS raid Giro again.