'90 percent of Giro peloton doping'
Disgraced Italian rider Danilo Di Luca has claimed that 90 percent of the 200 riders competing in the Giro d'Italia dope, only six weeks on from receiving a life ban.
In an interview which aired on the Italia 1 television network on Wednesday, Di luca stated that the remaining 10 percent "don't care about the Giro d'Italia, they are preparing for other races and therefore not doping."
He added: "It's impossible to finish in the top 10 in the Giro d'Italia and not dope."
Di Luca, 38, has served two suspensions for doping. His first was a three-month ban in 2007, before testing positive for EPO CERA in 2009 which brought him a reduced 15-month suspension after cooperating with authorities.
Having then tested positive for EPO again ahead of last year's Giro, Di Luca was sacked by his Vini Fantini team and handed a lifetime expulsion from the sport in December.
He has not confessed to doping during his 2007 Giro victory.
Di Luca added: "The best thing would be to legalise drugs so the entire peloton is on a level playing field."
He also revealed he first learned about doping as an amateur. He said: "I was always a champion, and won often. Then, when I left the amateur ranks, riders who had raced with me a month before were a month later stronger than me."