Ulissi banned nine months after failed doping control at 2014 Giro

Ulissi is eligible to return to racing on March 28

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) was handed a nine-month ban by the Swiss Olympic Association after a failed doping control for Salbutamol during the Giro d’Italia last year.

The ban stretches back to June 25, 2014 and runs through the end of March this year. Ulissi, according to a Lampre press release, will be eligible to return to racing March 28.

“Finally a decision has come today after a long and difficult period for me,” Ulissi said in the release. “I feel it is important to underline the recognition that I have not acted with the intent to improve my athletic performance, but it has been established that I committed negligently, which of course I regret, especially for the corresponding damage which has been caused to the team. I have always received great support from the team as well as from my family who have constantly stayed close to me throughout these difficult times.

“I am pleased that, in the light of this decision, my victories and results obtained remain unchanged. I can now start to concentrate and look forward to planning my return to racing.”

Ulissi’s failed doping test occurred after stage 11 of the Giro last year. He won stages 5 and 8 but abandoned after stage 17 after suffering from bronchospasm. Ulissi was allowed to use an inhaler to treat his ailment during the race.

The test showed Ulissi had nearly double the allowed amount of salbutamol in his urine sample. The limit is 1000 ng/ml, but he had 1900 ng/ml.