Italian cyclist hopes for ban reductionRiccardo Ricco, the cyclist from Italy, is hopeful that his two-year suspension will be reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Italian authorities handed down the penalty to the rider and Anti-doping Tribunal of the National Olympic Committee of Italy (CONI) banned him on October 2 after he tested positive for CERA, a third generation version of banned substance EPO.


Ricco, the former Saunier Duval rider, will make it only after July 30, 2010 if the appeal fails.