Nov 14, 2013 – Prosecutors for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Thursday demanded a two-year ban for former world road race champion Alessandro Ballan, of the BMC team.
Ballan, who was crowned world champion in 2008, is accused of breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency code relating to the use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method.
Ballan had previously been suspended by BMC due to allegations of doping but after being cleared by the Swiss-American team the Italian, a former winner of the Tour of Flanders, resumed racing again in May 2010.
CONI prosecutors requested the ban on the basis of evidence supplied by the Mantua public prosecutor. Two doctors, Guido Nigrelli and Fiorenzo Aegean Bonazzi, are also implicated in this latest affair and are facing heavy sanctions.