Riccò gets suspended jail term, fine for doping

It's a Riccò violation.

A French court on Tuesday handed Italian cyclist Riccardo Riccò a two-month suspended jail term and a 3,000 Euro ($3,660 U.S.) fine for doping during the 2008 Tour de France.

Riccò was kicked off the Tour that year after testing positive following the fourth stage time-trial for the banned blood-booster EPO.

He was subsequently fired by the Saunier-Duval team and banned from the sport for 20 months.

The court ordered him to pay 3,000 Euros in damages to the French cycling federation. The 26-year-old Riccò did not attend the court hearing.

The court rejected his lawyers’ petition that the case be dismissed based on the argument that he had already been fined 5,710 Euros for the offense by an Italian court in February.

Ricco was arrested by French police in the middle of the 2008 Tour after investigators found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his luggage, following the revelation of his positive doping result.