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Alessandro Petacchi on Team Lampre's Vuelta Roster Despite Doping Questions

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08/26/2010| 0 comments
by AP, with additional commentary by Roadcycling.com
Team Lampre has included sprinter Alessandro Petacchi in its 2010 Vuelta a Espana squad even though the sprinting standout could face a doping suspension from the Italian Olympic Committee. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Lampre has included sprinter Alessandro Petacchi in its 2010 Vuelta a Espana squad even though the sprinting standout could face a doping suspension from the Italian Olympic Committee. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Alessandro Petacchi on Team Lampre's Vuelta Roster Despite Doping Questions

Team Lampre has included Alessandro Petacchi in its Spanish Vuelta squad even though the sprinting standout could face a doping suspension from the Italian Olympic Committee.

Team Lampre has included Alessandro Petacchi in its Spanish Vuelta squad even though the sprinting standout could face a doping suspension from the Italian Olympic Committee.

Petacchi was questioned by CONI's anti-doping prosecutor Tuesday after being linked to blood doping by a prosecutor in Padua.

CONI could issue a preliminary ban ahead of a trial before the committee's anti-doping court.

In its team announcement Thursday, Lampre said it was following the case and is prepared if Petacchi is suspended.

Petacchi already was suspended in a separate doping case in 2007. He maintains he is innocent and said he explained his position during Tuesday's hearing.

The 2010 Vuelta a Espana / Tour of Spain 2010 begins Saturday.

 

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