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Cycling: Di Luca 'surprised' by positive test

Rider will ask for B samples to be checked

Cycling: Di Luca 'surprised' by positive test

(see related story) Dimaro, May 24 - Danilo Di Luca said Friday he was surprised after international cycling's governing body UCI said he had tested positive in a doping examination last month before the start of the Giro d'Italia. "I didn't expect it. It was a surprise for me. I'm disappointed," said Di Luca, who has been suspended from competition by the UCI and fired by his Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team. The 2007 Giro winner, who now risks a life ban after previously being suspended for two years for doping in 2009, said he would ask the B samples from the test to be checked. "After the B tests we will talk about this affair again," he said. Vini Fantini-Selle Italia said that, in addition to dismissing the 37-year-old, they will also seek damages from him. The Italian Professional Cyclists' Association (ACCPI) intends to do the same. ACCPI said it would "take legal avenues for the very serious damage this athlete has caused to the image of the whole profession".

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