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Ricco, caught doping during Tour, banned two years

Updated: October 2, 2008, 9:54 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Cyclist Riccardo Ricco was banned two years by the Italian Olympic Committee on Thursday after admitting to doping during the Tour de France.

Ricco tested positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood booster EPO, after winning two stages of this year's Tour. He admitted taking the banned substance and was hoping for a reduced ban.

The Italian Olympic body, CONI, reduced the doping part of the ban by six months from the maximum two years. But it also added six months ...

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