Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca was provisionally suspended by the UCI on July 22nd after he tested positive for CERA. He will now have a hearing on February 1st, 2010, for the offenses committed in this year’s Giro d’Italia. He ended up finishing the Giro in second place overall. The CONI, or Italian Olympic Authority, is going after a three year ban for Di Luca; two years for the initial doping offense, and another year for “aggravating circumstances.” 33-year-old Di Luca is maintaining his innocence. He has also been released by his team, LPR Brakes, on August 12th. If Di Luca is found guilty, he will face a minimum two-year ban, and he will also have to pay a fine the amount of his 2009 salary as well as other fees….
Italian Danilo Di Luca faces a three-year ban for doping after Italy’s anti-doping prosecutor today recommended so to the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping tribunal. Di Luca tested positive twice for the banned blood booster EPO during the Giro d’Italia in May. He maintains his innocence even after testing positive both on May 20 and May 28th. Ettore Torri, the prosecutor, recommended the regular two-year sentence, plus one extra year for “aggravating circumstances.” If the ban does go into effect, it will be backdated to July 22, 2009, the date that Di Luca’s B-test. The prosecutor also asked that Di Luca be ordered to pay a fine….