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Riccardo Ricco suspended from racing

ROME -- Cyclist Riccardo Ricco has been suspended from racing by the Italian Cycling Federation "for reasons related to the athlete's own health."

Ricco has not raced since he was rushed to a hospital after feeling ill at his home near Modena in February. The doctor who treated him reportedly told police that Ricco admitted transfusing his own blood, which he allegedly kept in his home refrigerator.

Ricco denies the allegations and was preparing to race again after joining the third-division Meridiana-Kamen team.

Ricco also is facing inquiries from the public prosecutor in Modena and the Italian Olympic Committee.

The cycling federation did not indicated the length of the ban.