The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has upheld the two-year suspension against Italian Luca Ascani. It did accept parts of the appeal filed by Ascani against his ban. The start date of his doping suspension was retro-actively moved up to August 4, 2007. The initial sentence was to start on February 27, 2008. Ascani had filed the appeal with CAS after CONI's appeals body for doping matters came to a different conclusion.
Ascani tested positive for recombinant EPO following the time trial of the Italian road cycling championships on 26 June 2007; a race that he won, before being disqualified.
It is the second time in a short period of time that CAS has allowed an appeal, after Spaniard José Antonio Pecharromán's sanction was lowered.