July 02, 2004
More courts: Di Luca to sue Tour
Danilo Di Luca of Saeco intends to sue the Amaury Sport Organisation for banning him from its Tour de France, starting tomorrow.
Di Luca was refused entry because he is under investigation for doping in Italy, but he maintains that organizers should let him race, because he hasn't been banned by the UCI or sanctioned by the Italian federation. Di Luca suggested last week that there's as much reason to ban Lance Armstrong as Danilo.
"I'm going to sue the Tour de France and ask for considerable damages," Di Luca told Reuters after returning to Italy from Liege, where the Tour will start on Saturday.
"I decided to take legal action after the meeting with race director Jean Marie Leblanc. Not being able to ride the Tour de France has caused huge damage to my image ... There was no reason why I should not be allowed but Leblanc decided otherwise. He decides everything at the Tour de France."
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