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Riccado Riccò draws 2-month suspended sentence, fine for using EPO in 2008

TOULOUSE, France (AFP) — Disgraced Italian cyclist Riccardo Riccò on Tuesday received a two-month suspended sentence and a 3,000-euro fine from a French court for having taken EPO during the 2008 Tour de France.

Riccò tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) during the 2008 Tour, and was arrested by French police before the Lavelanet-Narbonne stage in southwest France.

Police found a masking product, syringes and injection kit in his bedroom, and the great young of hope of Italian cycling was handed a 20-month ban.

In June, Riccò was suspended by the anti-doping body of the Italian national Olympic committee (CONI) amid reports that he tried to give himself a blood transfusion.