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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

April 4, 2017

Photography by Kristof Ramon

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco; D’Hoore takes Grand Prix de Dottignies; Uncertainty over Vanmarcke’s Roubaix participation; Phinney could be back for Paris-Roubaix; No major issues for Sagan after Flanders crash, video clarifies how fall happened; Cancellara calls Sagan position on Kwaremont a mistake; Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal; Greipel sets sights on Scheldeprijs; Tour of the Battenkill adds UCI event for 2017; No uphill Mogollon finish for Tour of the Gila this year; Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years; 2017 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Chantal Blaak

Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal

by Shane Stokes

Notorious doping doctor Michele Ferrari has been handed a prison sentence of a year and a half for his part in a case involving the Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler.

The period in question dates back to the 2010-2011 winter season, with an intercepted phone call apparently showing Ferrari gave Taschler advice on how to take EPO.

Charges of doping and sporting fraud were made and at the conclusion of the case in Bolzano, the athlete was given a nine-month sentence. His father Gottlieb was given a year, while Ferrari received the longest punishment of 18 months.

His medical licence was also suspended for the same period, although this is on hold due to an appeal.

Ferrari achieved notoriety in 1994 when he said EPO use wasn’t in itself dangerous, but that abusing it was. He likened the dangers to drinking 10 litres of orange juice, earning criticism.

The Italian worked with Lance Armstrong for many years, and was banned for life from working with athletes by USADA in 2012.

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