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CONI prosecutor seeks 12-year ban for cyclist

Updated: October 12, 2011, 06:53

ROME (AP) The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor has recommended that cyclist Riccardo Ricco receive a 12-year ban for a second doping offense.

Ricco has not raced since he was rushed to a hospital after falling ill at his home near Modena in February. The doctor who treated him reportedly told police that Ricco admitted transfusing his own blood, which he allegedly kept in his home refrigerator.

Ricco was already banned 20 months after testing positive at the 2008 Tour de France.

The new case will now be decided by CONI's internal anti-doping court, with Ricco also facing an inquiry from the public prosecutor in Modena.

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