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Petacchi to miss Tour de France after failing doping test at Giro
2007-07-10 11:48:00   Xinhuanet  


ROME, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Alessandro Petacchi will miss this year's Tour de France after failing a doping test at the Giro d'Italia, according to an official of team Milram on Thursday.

The team's spokesman Andrea Agostini Agostini said Petacchi will "definitely not be racing" in the Tour, which starts in London on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Italian Olympic Committee doping prosecutors recommended the Italian cycling federation ban the 33-year-old for one year for returning a "non negative" test for the asthma drug salbutamol during the 21-stage Giro, which ran May to June.

Petacchi, who suffers from asthma, is authorized to use a certain amount of salbutamol as part of his regular medication, although elevated levels of the drug can have performance-enhancing effects. He denies cheating.

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