Sport Cycling: Italian rider Spreafico gets three-year doping ban

08:20  05 may  2021
08:20  05 may  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Cycling: Italian rider Spreafico gets three-year doping ban

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Matteo Spreafico (Vini Zabu) tested positive at the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport).

Italian Matteo Spreafico has been banned for three years by cycling 's world governing body after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance at last year's Giro d'Italia. Spreafico , 28, who was riding for the Vini Zabu-KTM team, returned two adverse analytical findings for enobosarm on 15 and 16 October. Enobosarm, also known as ostarine, is a prohibited substance on the World Anti- Doping Agency list. He is suspended until October 2023. Enobosarm is part of a class of drugs called selective androgen receptor modulators. Spreafico was initially banned on 22 October last

(Reuters) - Italian rider Matteo Spreafico has been banned for three years after failing two anti-doping tests during the Giro d'Italia in October, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/uci-statement-concerning-matteo-spreafico.

The 28-year-old, who rides for the Italian team Vini Zabu, failed two tests for the banned steroid ostarine during last year's Giro and has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained at the race.

The UCI said that Spreafico's ban was backdated and effective until Oct. 21, 2023.

In April, Vini Zabu were suspended for a period of 30 days after two of their riders tested positive for banned substances in a 12-month period.

Following Spreafico's failed tests, teammate Matteo De Bonis tested positive in March for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).

The positive tests led to the team withdrawing from this year's Giro with the wild card entry going to Italian cycling outfit Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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