Italian bicycle owner Riccardo Ricco, who was thrown off the Tour de France in 2008 for taking a blood-boosting drug, has been banned for all times, the nationwide anti-doping company introduced.
The 37-year-old had already been handed a 12-year ban that was on account of expire in 2024.
He should additionally pay a 4,000 euro ($4,850) tremendous and prices of 378 euros, Nado Italia stated in a press release issued Monday.
“The first section of the national anti-doping court, in the disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Riccardo Ricco… imposes a life ban,” the assertion stated.
A once-promising rider generally known as “The Cobra”, Ricco’s profession collapsed when he was discovered to have taken the banned blood-booster CERA through the 2008 tour.