By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001
Police raided the headquarters of the Italian cycling federation in Rome on Saturday in connection with an ongoing probe into doping in the sport, judicial sources said. Detectives seized documents relating to disciplinary measures taken by the federation against nine Italian riders, including Dario Frigo and Daniele De Paoli.
Both riders were suspended for six months by the Italian federation’s disciplinary commission following the highly publicized police raids at this year’s Giro d’Italia in June. Frigo was immediately fired by his Fassa Bartolo team. Frigo and De Paoli’s bans will end December 8.
A Florence court has yet to try 52 athletes, mainly cyclists, for sporting fraud, following the Giro police raids. A judicial inquiry was opened into the cases of 86 people by Florence district attorney Luigi Bocciolini after the police raids on hotels used by cyclists at San Remo turned up suspected banned substances.
After the subsequent analysis of the suspect medicaments authorities are suing the 52 riders under Italy’s sporting fraud law that outlaws the possession and use of listed substances considered to be doping products.
Copyright AFP 2001