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An Italian team suspended by the UCI

On Monday, the International Cycling Union announced that it had suspended, for 30 days, the Italian training Vini Zabu, shaken by two doping cases in less than twelve months.

The sanction has fallen. On Monday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) decided to suspend the Vini Zabu for 30 days, from April 7 to May 6. An announcement made official in a press release and which comes after two doping cases that recently shaken this ProTeam formation. Indeed, in less than twelve months, two of his runners have tested positive, namely the Italian Matteo Spreafico (28 years old), during the month of October 2020, as well as the Italian Matteo De Bonis (25 years), during the month of March. As a reminder, only a few days ago, the formation Vini Zabu had itself decided to give up participating in the next Tour of Italy, scheduled between Saturday 8 and Sunday May 30, when it had yet received an invitation for the occasion. It is the Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team that replaces it.

UCI press release
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the UCI Disciplinary Commission has decided to suspend the UCI ProTeam Vini Zab├╣ team for a period of 30 days, starting retroactively on April 7, 2021 and taking effect until May 6, 2021 , in accordance with article 11.3 of the UCI anti-doping rules.

The UCI Anti-Doping Rules provide for the suspension of a team when two of its riders receive notification of an Adverse Analytical Finding for an unspecified substance in samples taken during the same 12-month period.

On October 22, 2020, Italian rider Matteo Spreafico was informed of an Adverse Analytical Finding for Enobosarm (Ostarine) in two samples taken on October 15 and 16, 2020 during the Giro 2020.

On March 30, 2021, Italian rider Matteo De Bonis was informed of two abnormal test results for erythropoietin (EPO) in a urine sample and in a blood sample taken out of competition in Italy on February 16, 2021.

As the results management process is still ongoing for the two riders, the UCI will not make any further comments on this subject.

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