Danilo Di Luca has been banned from cycling for life after being found guilty of a third doping offence by an Italian Olympic Committee tribunal.
The 2007 Giro d'Italia winner
for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) following an out-of-competition test in April.
Di Luca was also fined £29,300 and ordered to pay the cost of the proceedings.
The Italian was banned for 15 months in
2009 for a failed EPO test.
He had been suspended for three months in 2007 for visiting a doctor banned for his involvement in doping.
The 37-year-old was sacked in May by the Vini Fantini team, whose team director Luca Scinto said they would be seeking compensation.