Lampre-ISD has suspended Michele Scarponi, last year’s Giro d’Italia winner, for visiting Michele Ferrari the discredited doctor implicated in the sordid Lance Armstrong affair. Although Scarponi’s association with Ferrari pre-dates his time with Lampre the Italian pro outfit felt it a ‘violation of the internal code of the team…’ Scarponi had been somewhat forced into admitting his past involvement with the doctor after Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport published a report on a Padua-based investigation into Ferrari, who the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accuse of helping to mastermind the Armstrong doping ring. For his part Ferrari continues to declare his innocence.
Scarponi has previously served an 18-month suspension after being implicated in the doping network of Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in 2006 which was uncovered by Spanish police in their ‘Operation Mountain Pass’ investigation. Ironically the 2011 Giro d’Italia crown was awarded to second-place Scarponi after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for doping.