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Last Updated: Monday, 24 October 2005, 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK
Frigo handed sentence for doping
Dario Frigo
Frigo was forced to pull out of the 2001 Giro D'Italia
Italian cyclist Dario Frigo has been handed a six-month suspended sentence and 12,000 Euro fine for doping during the 2001 Giro D'Italia.

Frigo was forced to pull out of the 2001 Giro after Italian police found drugs in his hotel room.

Similar sentences were given to riders Giuseppe Giuseppe Di Grande and Alberto Elli after the duo were found guilty of using banned substances.

Police raided the rooms of all teams following the San Remo stage in 2001.

Trainer Primo Pregnolato also received an eight-month suspended sentence and a 6,000 Euro fine and was forbidden from participating in any competition for the duration of the sentence.

Pregnolato was working as the personal masseur of Marco Pantani in 2001.

Pantani was the hero of Italian cycling after winning both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 1998, but he was thrown out of the 1999 Giro when he failed a blood test for haemocrit, an indicator of performance-enhancing drugs.

A syringe containing insulin was found in his hotel room during the raids on the 2001 Giro.

In February 2004 he was found dead in a hotel room in Rimini after accidentally overdosing on cocaine.

Riders Domenico Romano and Ermanno Brignoli were given suspended sentences of five months and 20 days and one month and 10 days respectively after a deal with the court.

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