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Michele Scarponi facing ban for Ferrari visits: CONI

TURIN, Italy -- Former Tour of Italy winner Michele Scarponi is facing a three-month ban, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Tuesday, for infringing rules on consulting prohibited persons.

Scarponi is one of many athletes alleged to have consulted with Michele Ferrari, the doctor at the center of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Ferrari is one of several individuals being investigated by prosecutors in Padua. He is accused of being at the center of a sophisticated doping network involving athletes, sports agents and corrupt banking officials.

CONI confirmed in a statement Tuesday that Scarponi, who rides for the Lampre team, as well as fellow Italian professional Giovanni Visconti of the Movistar team “faced three month bans for consulting with prohibited persons.”

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