UCI appeals decision to clear Pellizotti

Thu, 13 Jan 13:57:00 2011

Franco Pellizotti faces another battle to overcome doping charges after the governing body of cycling challenged the Italian Olympic Committee's decision to clear him.

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The UCI wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport to investigate CONI's decision to clear Pellizotti last October even though his biological passport data was found suspicious.

A biological passport is an electronic record where the results of all doping tests by a rider over a period of time are collated and compared.

"Yes, we did (appeal)," UCI press officer Enrico Carpani said.

CONI said last October it cleared Pellizotti because there was "not enough evidence to prove manipulation (of his blood)".

The former Liquigas rider, who is now looking for a team, said at the time he would sue the UCI for damages after he missed the second half of the racing year.

Italian Pellizotti finished fourth overall in the 2008 Giro d'Italia and won the polka dot jersey for the best climber in the 2009 Tour de France.

Cycling was hit by a series of doping scandals in 2010, with Tour de France winner Alberto Contador failing a test for the anabolic agent clenbuterol during the race.

Reuters

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