Prison sentences in Giro 2001 doping trial?

San Remo prosecutors investigating the doping scandal of the Giro d'Italia 2001, where police forces found banned substances in many riders' hotel rooms, have concluded the hearing of the cases on Wednesday. Chief prosecutor Giovanni Maddaleni has asked for a six-month imprisonment sentence for Italian rider Dario Frigo, as well as a fine of 4000 Euros. In 2001, Frigo was placed second on GC when the police raids took place, forcing him to quit the race. At this year's Tour de France, Frigo as was arrested in the morning of stage 11 after French customs found illicit substances with his wife Susanna, who was following her husband throughout the race. Frigo's greatest victories as a professional include Paris-Nice and the Tour de Romandie in 2001.

The San Remo prosecutor also requested four months imprisonment as well as a fine of 3000 Euros for Giuseppe Figueras and Alberto Elli, while Daniele De Paoli, Giuliano Figueras, Giampaolo Mondini, Pavel Padrnos and Stefano Zanini could all face two months imprisonment a fines of 2000 Euros each. Figueras, currently under contract with Italian team Lampre-Caffita, has just been announced to ride for Acqua & Sapone next season.

The verdict of the Giro d'Italia 2001 allegations is expected on October 27.

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