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Italian Olympic Committee requests lifetime ban for Di Luca

ROME (AFP) — Anti-doping officials from the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Monday requested a lifetime ban against cyclist Danilo Di Luca for doping.

Di Luca, 37, left this year’s Giro d’Italia after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) stemming from an out-of-competition test on April 29.

CONI said in a statement that it was the rider’s second violation of the World Anti-Doping Code and called for his results after the positive test to be wiped out.

The Italian has served two bans for doping in the past, including a positive test for EPO in 2009.