The Italian Cycling Federation has order former Liquigas rider Manuel Beltran to pay 100,000 Euros in compensation to his old team after he tested positive for EPO at the 2008 Tour de France.
The Liquigas team was awarded the money by a disciplinary panel, marking the first time a rider has been ordered to pay his former team damages for doping.
“We’re really satisfied with this decision, which recognizes our company as the victim of an athlete’s recklessness,” Liquigas manager Paolo Dal Lago said in a press release. “We’re sure this sentence is an historic event for the cycling world, as well as an important precedent in the battle to protect sports ethics.”
Given that Beltran’s penalty is the first of its kind in the sport, the case will probably be appealed the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.