Alessandro Ballan recommended for two-year ban over Mantova doping investigation
Last Updated: 14/11/13 5:47pm
Alessandro Ballan joined BMC Racing in 2010
The Italian Olympic committee has recommended 2008 world road race champion Alessandro Ballan be given a two-year suspension over his implication in the high-profile Mantova doping investigation.
The case surrounded allegations of doping in the Lampre team in 2008 and 2009, which first surfaced in 2010.
Ballan was one of a plethora of riders and staff caught up in the scandal and the Italian Olympic committee has now charged him with a violation of article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency code, which outlaws the "use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method".
Ballan had moved to BMC Racing by the time the scandal first emerged and while he was withdrawn from racing by the team at the time, he has not served a suspension.
The 34-year-old missed most of the 2013 campaign after suffering serious injuries during pre-season training last winter.