Suspended cyclist raises more eyebrows
Italian police find about 50 suspicious pills in home of Riccardo Ricco during raid
About 50 suspicious pills were found in the home of cyclist Riccardo Ricco during a police raid, Italian media reported Friday from Rome.
Some of the pills found in the Sept. 21 raid were crushed, and Ricco was under investigation by prosecutors in Padua and Perugia, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
Ricco was banned for 20 months for doping at the 2008 Tour de France and has come under suspicion again after the arrest 10 days ago of his former teammate at Ceramica Flaminia, Enrico Rossi.
Rossi is the brother of Riccardo Ricco's partner Vania Rossi, who has herself faced doping allegations after testing positive at the Italian cyclecross championships in January, although she got off when her backup sample came up clean.
Ricco tested positive for the advanced blood-booster CERA after winning two mountain stages at the 2008 Tour.
In August, Ricco signed with the second-tier Dutch team Vacansoleil.
Separately, on Thursday the Italian Olympic Committee banned Massimo Giunti for two years after he tested positive for EPO, following irregularities in his biological passport.