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Riccardo Ricco facing 12-year ban

Updated: October 12, 2011, 8:55 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor recommended Wednesday that cyclist Riccardo Ricco receive a 12-year ban for a second doping offense.

Ricco has not raced since he was rushed to a hospital after falling ill at his home near Modena in February. The doctor who treated him reportedly told police that Ricco admitted transfusing his own blood, which he allegedly kept in his home refrigerator.

Ricco was already banned 20 months after testing positive for the ...

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