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Santuccione banned for life

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Cycling News
Published:
December 18, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:55 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, December 18, 2007

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has handed a life ban to controversial doctor Carlo...

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has handed a life ban to controversial doctor Carlo Santuccione, preventing him from any future involvement in sport. Santuccione, who was previously banned from the Italian cycling federation from 1995-2000, was accused of supplying doping products to athletes as part of the Oil for Drugs investigation.

CONI released a statement on its website Monday, stating that the full reasons behind the ruling would not be released until a later date. Santuccione has publicly denied any wrongdoing in the Italian media, saying that other riders became jealous when his cyclists started winning races.

Giro d'Italia champion Danilo Di Luca was among Santuccione's most high profile clients, and is currently serving a three-month suspension for his involvement with the doctor, dating back to 2004. In June this year, Italy's Anti-Narcotics Group (NAS) produced a 572-page document detailing audio and video recordings of DI Luca, Eddy Mazzoleni and others meeting with Santuccione to inject Erythropoietin (r-EPO) in March 2004.

For more details on the Oil for Drugs investigation, read NAS blitz nets nada and NAS raid Giro again from 2004.

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