Cycling: CONI opens probe into Cipollini doping allegations
Former world champion linked to Fuentes11 February, 16:42
At the weekend La Gazzetta dello Sport and Spanish media published documents that they claimed showed Cipollini took part in a sophisticated programme prepared by Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes involving blood doping and use of blood booster EPO.
The documents derived from a Madrid trial into Fuentes, who is at the centre of the Operacion Puerto doping scandal. According to the allegations, Cipollini was a client of Fuentes's between 2001 and 2004.
This period includes his golden 2002 season, when Cipollini, a sprinter known as the Lion King for his blond wavy hair and flamboyant style, won the world championship, the Milan-Sanremo and Ghent-Wevelgem classics and six stages of the Giro d'Italia.
Cipollini, 45, retired in 2005, although he staged a brief comeback in 2008.