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by Mark Zalewski
January 19, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte attacks to win stage 2 of the Tour Down Under and take overall lead; Four Giro wildcards announced with only two Italian teams; Report into British Cycling culture expected in February; Belgian team for cyclocross World Championships announced; With no team options, Luca Paolini retires; Patrice Ciprelli, husband of Jeannie Longo, back in court for EPO import case; GreenEDGE Cycling to launch Chinese-collaboration Continental team in 2017; Snow blankets team training camps in Spain; Cycling Victoria announces new race and change to oldest event; Highlights: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 2; Nys shows he still has it while training with team; Video: Team Sunweb; Video: Riding Vertical Walls on a Bike.
Patrice Ciprelli, the husband and coach of French cycling legend and multiple World Champion Jeannie Longo, is due to appear before the Grenoble Correctional Court on Thursday for importing EPO. But his new lawyer, Eric Dupont-Moretti, filed a motion to have the charges dismissed.
Jeannie Longo and Patrice Ciprelli in 1985.
“It is very regrettable,” Jean-Yves Balestas, lawyer for the French Cycling Federation (FFC) told L’Équipe. “For if Mr. Ciprelli is innocent as he claims, it is important that he be judged as soon as possible.”
The French government is prosecuting him for the smuggling of 33 boxes or flasks of EPO, a prohibited item, for an amount of 2,920 euros between September 14, 2008 and September 14, 2011.
Ciprelli had previously admitted that he had been buying the banned blood booster EPO since 2007, but insisted it was for his own, personal use.
He dismissed his two lawyers who had represented him for more than five years in the case.
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