Italy’s anti-doping prosecutor on Thursday asked the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping tribunal to hit former Giro d’Italia winner Danilo Di Luca with a three-year ban.
Di Luca tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO twice during May’s Giro, in which he finished second behind Russian Denis Menchov.
The 2007 Giro champion failed tests on May 20 and 28 but continues to maintain his innocence.
Prosecutor Ettore Torri argued that Di Luca’s previous doping suspension justified that an additional year be added to the normal two-year suspension. Di Luca was suspended for three months for his involvement with the so-called “Oil for Drugs” scandal in 2007.
Should the ban be ratified it will run from July 22 of this year, the date of Di Luca’s B tests. Torri also asked for the 33-year-old to be hit with a fine and forced to pay costs.
Di Luca is the most high profile of a number of Italian cyclists to have been caught doping this year.
As well as his Giro win in 2007, Di Luca won Fleche Wallonne and the Amstel Gold race in 2005 in his lead-up to winning that year’s ProTour title.