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BMC clears Ballan, Santambrogio to resume racing

BMC Racing Team announced Monday it will immediately lift the suspension it imposed on Alessandro Ballan and Mauro Santambrogio, originally announced on May 2.

Ballan returns to competition
Ballan returns to competition. | Neal Rogers photo

Race officials sidelined the pair in early May following a story in the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport published a story alleging actions and conversations concerning the investigation.

Both riders skipped planned starts at the Giro d’Italia, but team officials say they’ve received no official word from any responsible body about the pair’s alleged activities.

“To date, the BMC Racing Team has never been notified by any authorities regarding these alleged actions and conversations,” BMC Racing Team President and General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. “We support all anti-doping policies and initiatives and, within the team, we are confident that since the two joined the BMC Racing Team in 2010 no doping issues have arisen.”

Also, no authority – UCI, WADA, CONI, etc. – has contacted the BMC Racing Team with any suspicious doping issues regarding either rider. Both riders continue to fully cooperate with all authorities.

Should any appropriate authority contact us with any documented information, the BMC Racing Team will take all appropriate actions that are required.

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