Italian National Anti Doping Organization (NADO) has once again banned Armando Marzano, 53, this time for eight more years after he violated anti-doping rule 11.14, prohibition from participating in sports while suspended, disqualified or banned.
Marzano was already serving a six year ban for past doping violations within the sport of cycling.
In 2002 while working as an Italian police officer Marzano was arrested after supplying Darbepoetin (NESP) and Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to professional cyclists on the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Panarie-Fiordo teams.
A few years later Marzano returned to the sport of cycling, this time as an amateur gran fondo rider for team CercAziende and achieved some amazing podium results, including a Gran Fondo Valle del Sangro victory in 2011.
But his cycling success was short lived and came to an end in 2013 when he was arrested again for doping activities in “Operacion Amateur,” a national police investigation into the distribution and sale of doping products such as EPO, CERA and Retacrit in Italy. Eventually he was banned from the sport for six years.
With Marzano’s latest anti-doping rule violation he is now banned from the sport in any capacity until 20 January 2031.