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Alessandro Ballan gets 2-year ban

Updated: January 17, 2014, 1:19 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Former world champion cyclist Alessandro Ballan was banned for two years on Friday for blood doping and fired by the BMC team.

The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court announced the decision after Ballan was indicted on doping charges by a general court in Mantova for alleged team-wide drug use by Ballan's former team, Lampre.

Ballan won the road race at the 2008 worlds in Varese.

CONI's anti-doping prosecutor maintained that Ballan resorted to blood doping ...

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