Ricco facing 12-year ban

Thu, 13 Oct 01:08:00 2011

The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor has recommended Riccardo Ricco be banned for 12 years for a second doping offence.

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Ricco has not raced since he was rushed to a hospital after falling ill at his home near Modena in February, allegedly as a result of transfusing incorrectly-stored blood.

The Italian had already been banned for 20 months after testing positive for the blood-booster CERA after winning two mountain stages in the 2008 Tour de France.

The new case now will be decided by CONI's internal anti-doping court, with Ricco also facing an inquiry from the public prosecutor in Modena.

Ricco was provisionally suspended by CONI in June "for reasons related to the athlete's own health" when he was preparing to race again after joining the third-division Meridiana-Kamen team.

He was fired by Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM after the incident in February, having previously been fired by the Saunier-Duval team for his positive tests at the 2008 Tour.

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