Danilo Di Luca earned a two-year suspension on Monday for twice testing positive for EPO (CERA) during the 2009 Giro d’Italia.
Not only was he suspended, the Italian Olympic committee (CONI) also levied a 280,000-euro fine against the winner of the 2007 Giro, who last year won two stages, wore the maglia rosa for eight days and finished second to Russian Denis Menchov.
Di Luca had protested his innocence and is in the process of appealing to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Even if this last resort fails, he has vowed not to retire from the sport. “This is not over. I can still to fight this and I’m going to. We will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)” Di Luca said.
Di Luca was suspended for three months for his involvement with the so-called “Oil for Drugs” scandal in 2007 with his latest suspension being effective as of July 22, 2009.