Cyclist Piepoli set for hearing after two positive doping tests
Leonardo Piepoli has a hearing scheduled with the Italian Olympic Committee after the cyclist tested positive for doping on two occasions while he was competing in the Tour de France, the governing body said Monday.
An anti-doping prosecutor for the committee announced that Piepoli's hearing is set for Friday.
Piepoli won the 10th stage of the Tour de France, but the Italian committee and French anti-doping agency said he subsequently failed tests on July 4 and July 15. He was fired by his Saunier Duval team in July for violating the team's ethical code.
French anti-doping head, Pierre Bordry, said he informed the Italian committee that Piepoli tested positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood booster EPO.
He confirmed the French agency retested blood samples of several "suspect cyclists" for CERA at the Chatenay-Malabry lab outside Paris.
The names of other cyclists who tested positive may be released in the next few days.
Saunier Duval teammate Riccardo Ricco was banned for two years by the Italian Olympic Committee last week after he admitted to doping during the Tour de France.
Ricco tested positive for CERA following a pair of stage victories at this year's Tour.
With files from the Associated Press