Karpets during the 9th stage of the 2010 Giro. (Image (c) Cor Vos/Bike World News)

Major doping raids target Katusha and Lampre teams

Karpets during the 9th stage of the 2010 Giro. (Image (c) Cor Vos/)

Carabinieri units searched the headquarters of the team in Veneto region of northern and allegedly confiscated medical records (the s) of Aleksander Kolobnev, Vladimir Karpets, Mikhail Ignatiev, Vladimir Gusev and Evgeni Petrov. Representatives from said that they were cooperating with the investigation and that one of the riders investigated was no longer with the team.

officials confirmed that Carabinieri searched their hotel near Mount Etna where and Leonardo Bertagnolli are currently training for the 2011 Giro d’Italia. Team officials said in a communique that the squad is cooperating with officials, who took with them packets of common anti-inflammatories, powdered milk and Enervit bars. Scarponi was suspended for his involvement in the Spanish doping scandal involving the physician for 18 months. After his comeback in 2010 he finished fourth at the Giro d’Italia.

The operation was coordinated by the prosecutor of Padua, who is focusing their investigations on the activities of several cycling teams at the national level. The Italian court is pursuing a number of ‘patients’ that have had contact with doping doctor Michele Ferrari since 2002; Ferrari is the Italian physician that worked with at one time.

Scarponi told that he has never worked with Ferarri.

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