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Cycling: Di Luca tests positive again, risks life ban

Former Giro winner previously banned for two years for EPO use

Cycling: Di Luca tests positive again, risks life ban

Naturno, May 24 - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca will not finish the Giro d'Italia and risks a life ban after it was announced on Friday that he tested positive for blood-booster EPO in a surprise test taken at his home before the race started last month. The 2007 Giro winner was banned for two years in 2009 after testing positive for another drug, CERA, in the world's second biggest stage race that year, when he came second before being stripped of his place in the standings. The 37-year-old was also banned for three months in 2007 for links to a doping-tainted doctor. Di Luca was 26th in this year's Giro, 33.33 minutes behind leader Vincenzo Nibali, before Friday's 19th stage was cancelled because of snow on the route. Di Luca's Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team said the rider has been sacked. "It's over for me with Mr Danilo Di Luca," Vini Fantini-Selle Italia's Director of Sport Luca Scinto told ANSA. "What could I do? I fired him. According to me, people like this are ill. They don't realise what world they are living in. "I never wanted Di Luca in the team. The sponsor chose him and now they can take responsibility for it".

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