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Riccardo Ricco 12-year ban upheld

Updated: March 1, 2013, 8:23 AM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco has lost his appeal against a 12-year ban for blood doping.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it dismissed Ricco's appeal against the ban imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping body.

CAS says arbitrator Ulrich Haas "considered that the arguments of the rider were unfounded."

Haas ruled that Ricco "failed to demonstrate a lack of impartiality" by the Italian tribunal.

CAS says Ricco "had to be ...

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