BMC lift Ballan, Santambrogio bans
The 2008 world champion and compatriot Mauro Santambrogio were suspended by BMC after Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport published a story alleging actions and conversations concerning a long-running investigation by Italian authorities looking into potential doping links with their former team Lampre.
Ballan, who was suspended by BMC last year only to be cleared by the team, was then forced to miss the Giro d'Italia while both Lampre and the riders denied any wrongdoing.
Now the US-based team have reversed their decision.
"To date, the BMC Racing Team has never been notified by any authorities regarding these alleged actions and conversations," Team President and General Manager Jim Ochowicz said in a statement late on Monday.
"We support all anti-doping policies and initiatives and, within the team, we are confident that since the two joined the BMC Racing Team in 2010 no doping issues have arisen.
"Also, no authority – UCI, WADA, CONI, etc. – has contacted the BMC Racing Team with any suspicious doping issues regarding either rider. Both riders continue to fully cooperate with all authorities. Should any appropriate authority contact us with any documented information, the BMC Racing Team will take all appropriate actions that are required."