Cyclist Gives Administers Own Blood Tranfusion
An Italian cyclist is being treated in hospital amid reports he gave himself a "stale" blood transfusion.
Riccardo Ricco only returned to the sport in March after a drug ban
Riccardo Ricco became ill during a training session on Sunday and the cyclist's father has been quoted as saying his son has suspected kidney failure.
Media reports suggested Ricco told doctors he self-administered a blood transfusion using a three-week-old sample which he was concerned had "gone off".
The Italian Olympic Committee was said to be investigating whether the racer broke anti-doping laws.
Ricco's Vacansoleil team issued a statement saying he would be fired if claims of doping were proven.
"We are aware of the rumours surrounding Riccardo Ricco, indicating that he admitted to self-administering a blood transfusion," it read.
"But the team does not have enough information at its disposal to make a judgment at this stage.
"The team has a zero tolerance attitude as regards doping and any rider who contravenes the doping laws knows he will be sacked."
The 27-year-old only returned to the sport in March after being found to have taken a performance-enhancing drug.
Ricco was found guilty of using blood-boosting drug EPO during the 2008 Tour de France.
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