Lampre riders, staff cleared in doping trial


ROME: Former Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego and 2008 world champion Alessandro Ballan were among several Lampre riders and staff members cleared on Friday (Saturday in Manila) of any wrongdoing in the Mantova doping trial. The rest of the defendants, including Lampre team manager Giuseppe Saronni, were also acquitted due to a lack of evidence, with the exception of pharmacist Guido Nigrelli and amateur cyclist Sebastian Gilmozzi. Nigrelli, who ran the pharmacy in Mantova at the centre of the investigation, was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence while Gilmozzi received five months. The trial began in December 2013 after 28 people connected to the Lampre team were charged with doping-related offenses.



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