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Giro winner Di Luca confident he won't be banned for irregular test in last year's race

Giro winner Di Luca confident he won't be banned for irregular test in last year's race

Danilo Di Luca is confident he will not have to serve a two-year ban for an irregular test during his victory at last year's Giro d'Italia.
"You can't condemn someone in a court without proof," Di Luca said in Thursday's Gazzetta dello Sport, a day after the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor recommended the maximum sentence for the cyclist.
"But this sports justice doesn't take anything into account, neither experts nor testimony."
CONI found hormone levels in Di Luca's system that normally correspond to a child in a surprise test taken during the Giro, but no banned substance was reported.
"I was convinced CONI's prosecutors would have dismissed the case," Di Luca said.
The abnormal test came after the 17th stage on May 30, a climb up Monte Zoncolan that was considered the toughest in the race. Di Luca finished fourth in the stage, 31 seconds behind winner Gilberto Simoni.
Di Luca recently served a three-month ban for a separate case tying him to Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, who allegedly provided athletes with banned substances.
"There's an excessive amount of ill will against me, it's quite clear," Di Luca said, adding that he has even thought about retirement. "There are other things in life besides racing. I will decide when to quit, not anybody else."
The case will now be heard before a CONI judge, likely within a month.
Usually the appeals judge holds hearings and issues a decision in the same day. However, CONI noted that Di Luca's case is unusual and could take longer because it is based only on an irregular test, with no banned substance found.
"I'm still confident that at the end everything will be clarified before the (CONI) judge, or the CAS," said Di Luca, indicating that he is prepared to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
If Di Luca is banned, he risks being stripped of the Giro title, which would then go to runner-up Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.
Di Luca's LPR team said it would not suspend the rider.


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:33 GMT+08:00