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Giro Runner-Up Di Luca Suspended After Testing Positive

GIRO runner-up Danilo Di Luca has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned blood booster CERA, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said yesterday.

The shock announcement is another hammer blow for Italian cycling after a raft of riders were involved in doping probes, including 2007 Giro winner Di Luca on two previous occasions.

"Earlier today, the UCI advised Italian rider Danilo Di Luca that he is provisionally suspended," the UCI said. "The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. Di Luca was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Paris indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of Recombinant EPO (CERA) in blood samples collected from him at the Giro d'Italia on 20 May and 28 May 2009."

He faces a two-year suspension from the sport should his B sample return positive.

The LPR rider, 33, won two stages in this year's Giro where he continually said he had nothing to do with doping. He served a three-month ban in late 2007.


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