Two-year ban for cyclist Piepoli
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Two-year ban for cyclist Piepoli

by Agence France-Presse at 1:44 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Doping
The Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Monday suspended cyclist Leonardo Piepoli from competition for two years for failing a dope test taken during last year's Tour de France.

The 37-year-old Piepoli won the 10th stage of the race in the Pyrenees, but in October the French Anti-Doping Agency announced that the Italian had tested positive for CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator) -- the new generation of EPO -- in two re-tested samples from the Tour.

The two samples were taken from July 4, one day before the Tour began, and July 15, the day after Piepoli's stage win.

Piepoli was subsequently fired by his Saunier Duval team for breaking their code of ethics after they had pulled out of the Tour following team-mate Ricardo Ricco's positive test for EPO.

Former team-mate Ricco, who admitted doping, was also hit with a two-year ban although he has taken an appeal to Lausanne's Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the hope of having it reduced.

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