Danilo Di Luca facing three-year doping ban

2007 Giro champion tested positive for EPO

Italy's anti-doping prosecutor today asked the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping tribunal to give former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca a three-year ban.

Di Luca tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO twice during May's Giro, in which he finished second behind Russian Denis Menchov. The 2007 champion failed tests on May 20 and 28 but has since maintained his innocence.

Prosecutor Ettore Torri recommended the regular two-year sentence plus an extra year for aggravating circumstances.

Should the ban be ratified it will be backdated to 22 July 2009, the date of Di Luca's B tests. Torri also asked for the 33-year-old to be hit with a fine and forced to pay costs.

Di Luca is the most high profile of a number of Italian cyclists to have been caught doping this year. As well as his Giro success he was the International Cycling Union ProTour champion in 2005.

© AFP 2009

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