The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) has suspended Italian Giuseppe Muraglia for two years for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) after winning the 22nd Clasica de Almeria. The 28 year-old Italian was sacked from Acqua & Sapone after the positive test in June.
Muraglia was also implicated in the "Oil for Drugs" scandal, and the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) recommended a four year sentence for both offenses. The FCI chose to suspend the rider only for the positive test.
Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A swimmer in her younger days, Laura made the change to cycling later in life, but was immediately swept up by a huge passion for the sport. Riding for fitness quickly gave way to the competitive urge, and a decade of racing later she can look back on a number of high profile races and say with confidence, "I started". While her racing days are over for the most part, she continues to dabble in cyclo-cross and competing against fellow pathletes on the greenways of Raleigh, North Carolina.
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