• World road race champion Ballan banned two years


    ROME: Italy’s Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy’s Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI’s anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to “the use or attempted use of banned substances.” Ballan was suspected of being embroiled in a doping affair which has also implicated two doctors, Guido Nigrelli and Fiorenzo Egeo Bonazzi — both of whom were alleged to have aided his attempt to procure and use banned substances.


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