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Ballan, Cunego and others named in prosecutor’s report

An Italian prosecutor's final report on a three-year investigation of doping in cycling could result in the indictments of as many as 30 defendants, including riders, team officials and doctors.

A prosecutor in Mantova, Italy, has submitted a final report on his three-year-old investigation of doping in cycling, including allegations that could result in the indictments of as many as 30 defendants, including riders, team officials and doctors.

Saturday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport notes that included in the report on the “Mantua Affair,” are accusations that several riders — including former world champion Alessandro Ballan, Michael Rasmussen, Emanuele Bartoli, Marzio Bruseghin and Damiano Cunego — have used performance-enhancing drugs and engaged in blood-doping.

Giuseppe Saronni, manager of Cunego’s Lampre team and also named as a suspect in the report, declined comment, noting that none of the team’s riders, staff or attorneys have been contacted by the prosecutor.

“At this point, the only I’ve heard of it has been from the media. It would not make sense to comment,” he said.

Ballan is slated to ride in Sunday’s edition of Paris-Roubaix. BMC team manager Jim Ochowicz said Ballan will line up for the race and that the team had no reason to adjust its roster based on media reports.