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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2001
52 to stand trial after Giro doping swoopAn Italian court is expected to try 52 defendants, mainly cyclists, for sporting fraud, after police raids during the Giro d’Italia on June 6, judicial sources in Florence announced Friday. A judicial inquiry was opened into the cases of 86 people by Florence district prosecutor Luigi Bocciolini after police raids on hotels used by cyclists at San Remo had turned up suspected banned substances. After the subsequent analysis of the suspect medications, authorities have issued the Italian equivalent of indictments against 52 of the original group under Italy’s sporting fraud law that bans the consumption of listed substances considered to be doping products.