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Danilo Di Luca was a late addition to the Vini Fantini team
Gazzetta dello Sport compares his case to Armstrong and Hamilton
Danilo Di Luca will be questioned by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping investigators in Rome on January 30 but a report in Friday's Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that he may reveal more about his career and his years of doping in a book.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Di Luca has carried out a carefully calculated strategy since testing positive for EPO during the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
On Wednesday, he gave an interview to the satirical Italian current affairs show, Le Iene, making wide-sweeping accusations about doping, suggesting that 90 per cent of the riders in the Giro d'Italia dope, and that if 10 per cent are not, they are the "10 percent [who] don't care about the Giro d'Italia, they are preparing for other races and therefore not doping."
Gazzetta reports that the UCI asked Di Luca to give details of what he knew about doping last June, but he refused to talk. Di Luca was handed a lifetime ban in December, and according to the full verdict - a copy of which was obtained by Gazzetta - Di Luca offered to reveal what he knows about his own and other cases of doping to the Italian Olympic Committee's investigators. However, he then back-tracked on the idea and gave his interview on Italian television.
Gazzetta also suggests that Di Luca is involved in the Padua investigation into Dr Michele Ferrari and Lance Armstrong, another investigation in Turin and possibly another again in his home town of Pescara after his positive for EPO because doping is illegal in Italy.
The Italian newspaper asks if Di Luca gave his interview as a kind of vendetta or to help take advantage of his case, and claimed that he is working on the idea of writing a book, perhaps revealing what he did during his long career with the Cantina Tollo, Saeco, Liquigas, LPR Brakes, Katusha, Acqua & Sapone and Vini Fantini teams.
"Does he want a high-profile trial with shocking revelations? And if he speaks and names people?"
Gazzetta asks. "Di Luca like Tyler Hamilton? Attention, because this could become the Armstrong affair of Italy, considering the level of the person (Di Luca)."
Di Luca refused to comment about the reports in Gazzetta dello Sport when contacted by Cyclingnews on Friday.