Following sweeping allegations the Italian rider has made regarding widespread "doping" amongst the pro peloton, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has summoned Danilo Di Luca for questioning.
According to the Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, Di Luca is quoted as saying that:
"90 per cent" of the riders in Giro d’Italia were doping last year, and the 10 per cent who weren’t were only clean because they were focused on other races and did not care about performing in Italy."
Di Luca himself was banned for life last month as a result of testing positive for EPO – from an out-of-competition control prior to the 2013 Giro d’Italia. He had previously tested positive for EPO-CERA in 2008 and subsequently served a 15 month suspension after cooperating with authorities. In addition, he also served a three month ban as part of the ‘Oil for Drugs’ investigation in 2007.
In his exclusive interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Di Luca stated that he had "doped" since he was an amateur – a confession that some feel could lead to CONI stripping him of all of his race results, to include winning the 2007 Giro, for which he won after returning from his first doping suspension.
Di Luca is set to meet with one of CONI’s prosecutors on January 30, 2014.
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