Professional cyclist Riccardo Ricco' leaves the Italian Olympic Committee headquarters in Rome, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, after meeting with the anti-doping prosecutor. The hearing was scheduled in ... more 
Professional cyclist Riccardo Ricco' leaves the Italian Olympic Committee headquarters in Rome, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, after meeting with the anti-doping prosecutor. The hearing was scheduled in response to the rider being rushed to a hospital in Pavullo after feeling ill last month: the doctor who treated him reportedly told police that Ricco' admitted transfusing his own blood, which he had kept in his refrigerator. Ricco' could face a lengthy ban, having already tested positive for the advanced blood-booster CERA after winning two mountain stages in the 2008 Tour de France, which resulted in a 20-month suspension. Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Petrucci said Tuesday doping has become so rampant that his country's cycling federation needs to tell teams and riders "to stop because nobody believes you anymore." less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Riccardo De Luca
Wed, Apr 13, 2011 8:21 AM EDT