Monday, February 1, 2010

Di Luca: Two Year Suspension for CERA

Danilo Di Luca has been suspended for two years by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). He tested positive for the EPO derivative CERA at the 2009 Giro d'Italia (riding for LPR). Under the decision, announced today, Di Luca must pay a fine of 280,000 Euro and costs of 2,040 Euro.

The suspension runs through July 21, 2011.

My heart goes out to the people of Abruzzo, the earthquake victims, who must feel so betrayed by one of their own.

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  1. I hear ya. I have a vacation home in Abruzzo and I was pulling for our home-region local boy Danilo until this happened. Doping in Italian cycling is very much STILL a big issue.


  2. It really is a huge letdown. He raced beautifully and almost heroically. The 2009 Giro was one of my favorite races -- exciting from start to finish. Too bad he was dirty.

  3. É uma pena que Di Luca tenha usado CERA...

    Parabéns pelo seu blog, leio sempre.


  4. This is not a surprise since Di Luca has been linked to doping since the late nineties. Still it's a huge letdown as BR wrote.

  5. Of course it's terrible "The Killer" turned out to be "The Doper" but what does this say about the guy who beat him in the Giro? This fellow's clean? Somehow that is hard to believe...until the final questions are answered about the Puerto affair, who in cycling is above suspicion? The claims the sport is cleaning up are difficult to believe though understandable since the image of pro cycling has been so tarnished recently.