Ex-world champion Ballan banned for two years

Former Italian world champion cyclist Alessandro Ballan has been banned for two years for blood doping.

    Alessandro Ballan of Italy celebrates winning the Elite Men's Road Race during the 2008 [Getty Images]
    Alessandro Ballan of Italy celebrates winning the Elite Men's Road Race during the 2008 [Getty Images]

    The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court announced the decision after Ballan was indicted on doping charges by a general court in Mantova for alleged team-wide drug use by the Lampre team.

    Ballan won the road race at the 2008 worlds in Varese.

    CONI's anti-doping prosecutor maintained that Ballan resorted to blood doping in Montichiari in 2009.

    Ballan said in a hearing on Thursday that he used banned drugs to treat an illness.

    End of career

    Ballan is banned to Jan. 16, 2016, and the suspension thus could end the 34-year-old rider's career.

    Also, Mantova pharmacist Guido Nigrelli was banned for life from sports activity and physician Fiorenzo Egeo Bonazzi was banned for four years.

    Ballan already served two temporary suspensions from the BMC squad during the Mantova court case, which is still proceeding.

    Ballan rode for Lampre when he won the world title. He also won the Tour
    of Flanders in 2007.

    SOURCE: AP


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