Ribeiro out of Giro 2005 for high haematocrit

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Only 197 riders will take the Giro d'Italia start Saturday in Reggio Calabria, as 27 year-old Portuguese rider Nuno Ribeiro was found to have a blood haematocrit level of 52% in controls performed Thursday morning in Italy by UCI medical inspectors. In a statement, the Liberty Seguros team said it was "deeply sorry" about Ribeiro's failed control, which must be considered a major embarrassment for Liberty team boss Manolo Saiz, who until recently was head of the professional teams association and is a major force behind the implementation of the ProTour.

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