Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo di Luca issued with lifetime ban

Italian Danilo Di Luca rides during the 18th stage climbing time trial of 96th Giro d'Italia from Mori to Polsa of 20,6 km on May 23, 2013
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Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo di Luca gets a life ban for a third career doping offence.

Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo di Luca has received a life ban from cycling after committing a third career doping offence.

The 37-year-old's fate was decided by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court following a hearing today.

Di Luca tested positive for EPO in a random drug test in April this year, which was just five days before the Giro d'Italia.

The sportsman served a three-month ban in 2007 for visiting a banned physician a number of times, and later served a 15-month ban after testing positive in 2009.

The Vini Fantini-Selle Italia squad sacked Di Luca when his third positive drug test was revealed.

Italian Danilo Di Luca celebrates a win on June 3, 2007
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