AIGLE, Switzerland – The International Cycling Union says it has requested disciplinary action against Italian cyclist Leonardo Bertagnolli for suspected blood doping. If a formal charge is brought, it would be the first such case opened since May 2010 based solely on a rider’s biological passport results. Bertagnolli never failed a doping test but is suspected of doping because of fluctuations in blood values. Bertagnolli has “the presumption of innocence” until charged.
The 34-year-old won a stage at the 2009 Giro d’Italia, and the San Sebastian one-day classic in 2007. — AP