Ferrari back in the headlines again and facing trial in Italy

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Doping doctor Michele Ferrari continues to protest his innocence of the charges that led to his lifetime ban from USADA, but he has been embroiled in yet another drug case.

He was ordered to stand trial by a judge on Bolzano, Italy, in connection to charges that he helped Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler to dope.

His father Gottlieb, who was a vice president of the international federation, is accused of contacting Ferrari and encouraging his son to dope under the doctor’s guidance.

In 2002 the doctor was handed a lifetime ban by the Italian Cycling Federation, but is trying to overturn that in a regional court.

Separate to that, he was given a lifetime ban by the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012 in connection to the Lance Armstrong/US Postal Service investigation.

While Ferrari was cleared on appeal in 2006 in a criminal case involving accusations he had given banned products to athletes, he has continued to find himself in hot water.

The Taschler case is the latest example of that. The doping concerned is said to have occurred in 2010 and 2011, and was made public late last year.

All three of the accused claim they are innocent.

Last year it was alleged that Ferrari had been working with the Astana team in the past, but this was denied by the squad. No further details supporting this have emerged.

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