Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco on Monday filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his two-year doping ban after being kicked off the Tour de France for failing a drugs test.
Ricco, 24, was suspended from riding by the Italian National Olympic Committee in July after admitting to using banned blood-booster EPO. He was kicked off the Tour de France and sacked by his Saunier-Duval team after testing positive following the fourth stage time-trial.
He initially protested his innocence but following a meeting with CONI officials, he admitted to his offence, even criticising testing procedures because he had passed many tests despite being doped.
"The athlete requests the reduction of the suspension on the basis of his collaboration with the competent authorities in this matter," the CAS said in a statement, adding that it would probably deliver a verdict in four months' time.