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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 25, 2013
d Italia winner Danilo
Di Luca tested posi-
tive for EPO in a
surprise test at his
home before this
year s race, organ-
If confirmed in
a backup "B
sample, Di Luca
risks a lifetime
ban since this is
his third offense.
"I wasn t
expecting this. It was
a surprise for me. I m
disappointed," Di Luca
said upon leaving the team
hotel. "I ll ask for the back-
up analysis then we can talk
The UCI provisionally
suspended Di Luca pending
a hearing with the Italian
cycling federation and the Vini
Fantini-Selle Italia squad fired the 37-
year-old Italian rider.
"Danilo has betrayed cycling once
again," Giro race director Mauro Vegni
said. "But I m happy it wasn t a young
rider. Danilo belongs to a generation
that has navigated through the doping
The test was carried out April 29,
five days before the Giro started, and
the result drew a harsh rebuke from
Vini Fantini team director Luca Scin-
"Di Luca is an idiot. I never wanted
him," Scinto said. "Di Luca is sick. He
needs to be helped."
Seemingly headed for retirement just
a few months ago, Di Luca signed with
Vini Fantini on April 26. Scinto and
others were against hiring him but
sponsors eventually prevailed.
"The sponsors chose him and now
they ve got to take responsibility," Scinto
The team is considering suing Di
Luca for damaging its image. The race
ends tomorrow and Di Luca departs in
26th place overall, 33 minutes, 33 sec-
onds behind overall leader Vincenzo
Nibali. The announcement came a day
after the 28-year-old Nibali extended
his lead by dominating
a mountain time trial,
garnering headlines up
and down Italy as the
new face of the sport.
In 2009, Di Luca was given a
two-year ban after testing positive
during the Giro for CERA, an
advanced form of the blood booster
EPO. That ban was subsequently
reduced by nine months after he col-
laborated with Italian anti-doping
authorities. Di Luca was stripped of
his second-place finish and two stage
wins in the 2009 Giro.
And after winning the 2007 Giro, Di
Luca was banned for three months later
in the year for frequent visits to Carlo
Santuccione, a physician at the center
of a four-year doping investigation
titled Oil for Drugs.
Di Luca fared well in several stages
of this year s race, finishing third in the
seventh leg, seventh in Stage 9, sixth
in Stage 11 and 10th in Thursday s uphill
"He wrote me a text message saying,
I don t know what to say. I m sorry, "
Giro director Michele Acquarone said.
"If someone looks you in the eye and
asks for your support and then betrays
you, then it means he has a serious
problem---in this case a strong addic-
LONDON---Denis Oswald declared
his candidacy for IOC president yes-
terday, becoming the fifth member
and second European to enter the race
to succeed Jacques Rogge.
The 66-year-old Swiss lawyer and
head of the international rowing fed-
eration sent a letter to IOC members
announcing his decision to stand for
election as head of the International
"My 40 years of service to the
Olympic movement have provided me
with a comprehensive understanding
of our organisation as well as its role
and significance in the wider world,"
"This knowledge and experience...will
enable me to advance the Olympic
cause and enhance the IOC s authority
as the leader of world sport."
Oswald joins a field that already
includes IOC vice presidents Thomas
Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang
of Singapore, Richard Carrion of Puerto
Rico and CK Wu of Taiwan.
Former pole vaulter Sergei Bubka of
Ukraine is expected to announce his
bid next week.
Rogge is stepping down in September
after 12 years as president. The election
will be held on September 10 in Buenos
Oswald did not release his campaign
platform yesterday, telling member he
will present his "vision and philosophy"
in coming weeks.
He scheduled a news conference for
June 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland, to
outline his manifest. (AP)
Oswald to run for IOC president
on May 7.
Former Giro d'Italia
winner Danilo Di
positive for EPO in
a surprise test
at his home
...risks life ban
Di Luca tests positive
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