Facing possible life ban, Di Luca to be questioned
ROME (AP) — Facing a possible life ban, Danilo Di Luca has been called in for questioning next week by the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor after failing a surprise check before this year’s Giro d’Italia.
The 37-year-old Di Luca tested positive for EPO in April, five days before the Giro started.
The third doping offense of his career wasn’t announced until the Giro was nearly over, and Di Luca was kicked out of the race while in 26th place, having fared well in several stages.
Di Luca was also banned for three months after winning the 2007 Giro for visiting a banned physician. Then he was suspended for nine months after testing positive at the 2009 race.
The hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.