The national anti-doping agency has disclosed that they have banned Italian cyclist, Riccardo Ricco, for taking a blood-boosting drug during the Tour de France in 2008.
The 37-year-old cyclist who was already facing a 12-year ban that was due to expire in 2024 is expected to stay away from the sport for life.
According to Nado Italia, the sportsman is expected to pay a fine of 4,000 euro ($4,850) and costs of 378 euros.
“The first section of the national anti-doping court, in the disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Riccardo Ricco… imposes a life ban,” the statement said.
A once promising rider known as “The Cobra”, Ricco’s career collapsed when he was found to have taken the banned blood-booster CERA during the 2008 tour.