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AFP
August 25, 2019

Retired sprint great Petacchi gets two-year ban

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AFP
August 25, 2019

PARIS: Retired Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi, winner of six Tour de France and 22 Giro d’Italia stages, has been suspended for two years for blood doping, the sport’s governing body the UCI said on Saturday.

The UCI has sanctioned the sprinter “for a period of two years of ineligibility for anti-doping rule violations committed in 2012 and 2013,” said a press release.

The case is based “on information received from the Austrian police authorities”, the UCI said.

In June, Austrian cyclists Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler were banned for four years for doping by the Austrian anti-doping agency.

Petacchi’s punishment takes effect from May 14, the date of the opening of an investigation by the UCI against him.

The UCI said Petacchi had accepted “the consequences” and would be stripped of three stage victories in the 2012 Tour of Bavaria. He is ineligible to participate in any UCI event for two years.

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