Disgraced Di Luca needs help: Giro chief

May 26, 2013, 02:06 IST | AFP

Giro d'Italia officials on Friday hit out at Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca after he quit the race in disgrace following a positive test for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin).

Former winner Di Luca departed the race on Friday — when the 19th stage was cancelled due to heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures in the mountains — following a provisional suspension by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Giro chief Michele Acquarone said: “If a rider who looks me in the eyes and says, ‘I’ve made a mistake’, then I believe him. But when he goes off and does the same thing again, to me, he seems addicted.”

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