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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ricco to face Coni at month's end

by Agence France-Presse at 1:34 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour de France, Doping
Disgraced Italian cyclist Ricardo Ricco is to be interviewed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) at the end of the month, Italian news agency Ansa said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old became one of the major attractions of this year's Tour de France when he stunned a host of big names to win two stages, just a few weeks after finishing second at the Giro d'Italia.

However, Ricco was arrested ahead of stage 12 on July 17 following a positive test for EPO after the fourth stage time trial at Cholet on July 8.

He subsequently denied taking any banned substances but has been fired by his Saunier-Duval team - whose sponsor on Wednesday withdrew from cycling with immediate effect, due to Ricco's doping scandal.

Ricco will be interviewed by Coni on July 30, a day after his former Saunier team-mate Leonardo Piepoli is also heard. Piepoli, who won the Tour's 10th stage was also sacked by Saunier for infringing the team's code of ethics.

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