Frigo faces six months in prison
Frigo leaves Albertville court in the French Alps during the 2005 Tour
SAN REMO, Italy -- Prosecutors have requested a six-month prison sentence against Italian cyclist Dario Frigo during the final hearing relating to alleged doping at the 2001 Tour of Italy.
Former Paris-Nice and Romandy Tour winner Frigo was forced to pull out of the 2001 Giro when second after Italian police found drugs in his hotel room.
Prosecutor Giovanni Maddaleni also demanded in San Remo on Wednesday that the 32-year-old be fined 4,000 euros ($4,781).
Frigo is among riders accused of using banned substances found after police and drug squad officiers raided the hotel rooms of all competing teams following the San Remo stage of the 2001 race.
Maddaleni requested that riders Giuseppe Di Grande and Alberto Elli be sentenced to four months in jail and fined 3,000 euros each.
Also, a further two months and 2,000 euros each against Daniele De Paoli, Giuliano De Haro Figueras, Giampaolo Mondini, Pavel Padrnos and Stefano Zanini.
The verdict is expected on October 27.
Frigo and his wife Susanna also appeared at Albertville court during this year's Tour de France after being charged with 'helping and assisting in the use of doping products, contreband and importing' by a judge.
She was stopped on the motorway in July with what was said to be about 10 doses of the endurance-boosting drug EPO (erythropoietin), and was also facing a charge in connection with a customs offense.
Belgian rider Ludovic Capelle was on Wednesday banned for 18 months after testing positive for the illegal blood booster EPO (erythropoeitin) during a race in June, Belgian television said.
The 29-year-old, who was suspended by his team after a positive sample following a race at Gullegem in northern Belgium confirmed the presence of a banned substance, will not be able to take to the saddle from October 26, 2005 to April 25, 2007.
Neither Capelle nor his lawyer were present during Wednesday's hearing before the disciplinary commission of the regional sports ministry for the Flemish-speaking community.
But the rider protested his innocence and has vowed to appeal. "I've never taken EPO," Capelle told Belgian news agency Belga. "Obviously I will appeal because I'm innocent."
The Dutch cycling team Rabobank on Wednesday fired Australian cyclist Rory Sutherland after doping tests came back positive, the ANP news agency reported in The Hague.
Sutherland, 23, tested positive for an illegal substance in August during the Tour of Germany, and had been suspended by the team three weeks ago.
After a 'B' sample also came back positive Wednesday Rabobank told Sutherland to pack his bags. The cycling team would not say what substance was found during the examination.
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