Danilo Di Luca

Danilo Di Luca ( born January 2, 1976 in Spoltore ) is a retired Italian professional road bicycle racer, the more classics and the Giro d' Italia won during his career in 2007. He was three times locked because doping offenses or other violations of the medical regulations, most recently in 2013 for life as a repeat offender. He is nicknamed killer.

The first successes - First doping suspicion: Oil for Drugs

Di Luca started his professional career in 1999 when cycling team Cantina Tollo. With one stage win at the Giro d' Italia in 2000 and 2001, and the success of the Italian Autumn Classic Tour of Lombardy he was able to achieve considerable success early in his career.

Shortly after Di Luca came as part of ongoing since 2003 investigation of the affair Oil for Drugs suspected of doping, which is why it was declared about the Tour de France 2004 " persona non grata ". There are phone calls and video recordings that Di Luca loaded and close reasoned that Di Luca to have got administered by the sports medicine Carlo Santuccione with IGF -3, EPO and testosterone. It was not possible to Di Luca prove a specific doping offense. However, Di Luca has been by the Italian Olympic Committee ( CONI ) with a three-month lock is acquired in October 2007, as this is regarded as proved that he was opposed to a more patient of a lifetime locked Dr. Santuccione. Di Lucas appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport was unsuccessful in 2008.

The highlight of the career - Getting doping ban

During the ongoing Oil-for- Drugs- investigation Di Luca was more successful. He won in 2005 the first Basque Country Rundfahrtund few weeks later at the one-day classics and Amstel Gold Race Fleche Wallonne. In the next Giro d' Italia, he won two stages, wore the pink jersey for five days and took the overall lead in the standings to fourth place. Through these successes Di Luca had in the spring a potential advantage in the overall standings of the newly created UCI ProTour and was able to complete the individual ranking in the inaugural tournament as the winner.

Was even more successful for Di Luca in 2007. In the spring he won the Italian half classic Milan-Turin and the monument classic Liege -Bastogne- Liege. Then in May he won two stages and the overall classification of the Giro d' Italia and thus establish itself alongside the successes in one-day races as well as the winner at a Grand Tour stage race. A key role was played by the uphill finish on Monte Zoncolan, probably the steepest and most difficult climb in Europe, was able to defend his overall lead in the Di Luca. However, the results of the doping test taken after this stage, Di Lucas aroused as well as samples of other drivers further suspicion, as these had abnormally low hormone levels, which may represent an indication for the use of doping masking preparations.

After these successes Di Luca led the individual classification of the UCI ProTour 2007. As a result of his suspension because of the Oil for Drugs affair but all the points of the rankings were withdrawn in. After his suspension his team LPR Brakes - Ballan has not been invited to the Giro d' Italia 2008.

At the Giro d' Italia in 2009 his team received a wildcard. He won a stage, the Maglia Ciclamino and completed the race in second place in the overall rating. On 29 July 2009 it was announced that Di Luca was tested during the Giro twice positive for the EPO derivative CERA, after which he was suspended by the UCI. The tests were carried out specifically because of suspicious values ​​his biological passport. On 1 February 2010, the CONI Di Luca imprisoned for two years and sentenced him zueiine fine of € 280,000 and pay the costs. His results in the Giro d' Italia in 2009 were deleted from the eleventh stage. His originally scheduled to expire on July 21, 2011 lock has been shortened by the CONI due to a leniency program to nine months and seven days, so he was allowed to drive again cycling race since October 15, 2010. The fine was reduced to € 106,400. The reduction of the penalty was due to the collaboration of Di Luca with investigators in detecting current doping methods.

Comeback and lifetime doping ban

After his suspension Di Luca rode since 2011 for the Katusha team, with whom he had a strong performance-based contract and changed for the 2012 season the team Acqua e Sapone

As part of a training control on April 29, 2013, was again tested positive for EPO. The announcement by the UCI took place while he for his new team Vini - Selle Italia Fantini the Giro d' Italia denied. The contract was terminated without notice and Di Luca was ordered to leave the Giro d' Italia. As a repeat offender, he was blocked by the CONI on December 5, 2013 for life. All Results from the April 29, 2013 were canceled, he had to pay a penalty of € 37,985 and the costs.

Nearly six weeks after Di Luca was locked for life, he gave an interview on Italian television in which he testified that nearly 90 percent of all drivers were doped at the Giro d' Italia. In the same train, he spoke in favor of the legalization of doping.



  • A stage of the Giro d' Abruzzo


  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia
  • Two stages of the Giro d' Abruzzo
  • GP Industria & Artigianato - Montecatini Terme
  • A stage Basque Country Tour
  • Trofeo Pantalica


  • Tour of Lombardy
  • A stage of the Giro d' Italia
  • Giro d'Abruzzo and a stage
  • A stage Catalan Week
  • Trofeo dello Scalatore



  • Coppa Placci
  • Tre Valli Varesine
  • A stage of Tirreno- Adriatico
  • Liguria - tour and a stage



  • UCI ProTour
  • La Flèche Wallonne
  • Amstel Gold Race
  • Basque country - tour and a stage
  • Two stages of the Giro d' Italia


  • A stage in the Vuelta a España


  • Liege -Bastogne- Liege
  • Milan -Turin
  • A stage Settimana Internazionale
  • Giro d' Italia and two stages


  • Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda and a stage
  • Giro dell'Emilia


  • Team time trial Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
  • A stage of the Giro del Trentino
  • Two stages of the Giro d' Italia


  • A stage in Tour of Austria
  • Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie - Coppa Città di Stresa