Cocaine addiction withdrew Luca Paolini from cycling

Luca Paolini tested positive for the 2015 Tour and later recognized his addiction. He won a stage in the Giro and another in the Vuelta, in Guadalajara.


The stage of this Wednesday leaves Aranda de Duero, the town of Carmelo Miranda, gregarious of Miguel Indurain, and of the athlete Juan Carlos Higuero, and ends in Guadalajara, near 1122112, by 1122 sheltered three goals of the Vuelta a España. 444444

The last time, in 2006, it also left Aranda and was solved with a flight of ten cyclists, who finished off triumphant Luca Paolini. The Italian Liquigas attacked 3.5 km and arrived in time to recreate. He looked for the television camera and kissed the ring: "Go for you, Elena" .

On the getaway he had the complicity of his great friend Paolo Bettini, of whom he had been faithful gregarious in Mapei. Three years before he had thrown him at Milan-San Remo, just as he would do later, in 2011, with Alexander Kristoff, and as a runner of Katusha.

Paolini was well managed in the classical glory, where he also had his moments of glory: The World Cup in Verona 2004, Fracha Brabanzona 2004, Omloop Het Nieusblad 2013, Gante-Wevelgem 2015 ... In the big rounds he won that stage of Guadalajara and another in the 11111122 four days, the four days of the 41144 in the 444 a44

His career suffered a slowdown in July 2015, with 38 years, when he tested positive in Tour de France with benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine. Paolini then confessed in La Gazzetta dello Sport who became addicted to this drug to counteract a previous addiction to sleeping pills. "He was a slave," admitted the Italian, who assumed the 18-month suspension: "If this is the price to be paid, I am willing to do so."



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