Former Italian cycling champion Salvatore Commesso has been suspended until mid-May after being caught in possession of banned substance, his Saeco team said on Saturday. The Saeco team, which has suspended the cyclist's salary, issued a statement noting that management has yet to make a decision over the 26-year-old Neopolitan's future. The Italian cycling federation imposed the ban after the 1999 Italian champion was stopped by police who stumbled upon the banned substances by chance almost a year ago. Reports say a vial of banned substances were found in the rider's

Former Italian cycling champion Salvatore Commesso has been suspended until mid-May after being caught in possession of banned substance, his Saeco team said on Saturday.

The Saeco team, which has suspended the cyclist’s salary, issued a statement noting that management has yet to make a decision over the 26-year-old Neopolitan’s future.

The Italian cycling federation imposed the ban after the 1999 Italian champion was stopped by police who stumbled upon the banned substances by chance almost a year ago.

Reports say a vial of banned substances were found in the rider’s car on May 23, 2000 and Commesso, twice a Tour de France stage winner, was also required to give a urine sample.

According to the team, Commesso’s participation in the Giro d’Italia, which starts on May 19, is in grave doubt but technically not out of the question. Copyright AFP2000