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CAS upholds ban on Petacchi, strips his Giro stage wins

Updated: May 6, 2008, 7:53 AM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi was found guilty on Tuesday of a doping offense by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The CAS stripped Petacchi of his five stage wins in the 2007 Giro d'Italia and ruled the 34-year-old sprinter must serve a ban until the end of August.

The ruling relates to allegations Petacchi excessively used an asthma drug during the race.

"All competitive results obtained by Alessandro Petacchi during the ...

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