Italian cyclist Giampaolo Mondini has been kicked off the U.S. Postal Service team for doping charges that stem from police raids in the Giro d'Italia race last year.
The Italian sports daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport says the U.S. team maintains that it was not informed of the charges by Mondini. The Italian rider was not a member of the squad at the time of the 2001 Giro race.
Anti-doping prosecutors of the Italian Olympic Committee have demanded suspensions of up to four and one-half years for 13 Italian cyclists for alleged possession and use of forbidden substances. The strongest punishment was requested for Mondini, for possession and use of the endurance drug EPO and possession of insulin.
The Italian Cycling Federation will consider the prosecutors' demands and make a final decision. Mondini was hired in November by the team of three-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Formerly, he was a member of Italian team Mercatone Uno.