Following an adverse analytical finding indicating Fabio Taborre’s use of an EPO-stimulating drug, the second potential doping violation for an Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider this season, the UCI announced Wednesday that its Disciplinary Commission has decided to suspend the Pro Continental squad for a period of 30 days. The suspension starts Saturday, August 1, and will be in effect through August 30.
For the duration of its suspension, Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec is prohibited from participating in any international event.
The UCI introduced the provision for a team suspension on January 1 of this year with article 7.12.1 of its Anti-Doping Rules, and this case is the first application of the new rule.
The rule states that notifications of two potential anti-doping rule violations within the same team within a 12-month period are grounds for a suspension of the team itself, of between 15 and 45 days, with the exact duration to be determined by the Disciplinary Commission. Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider Davide Appollonio was suspended for a failed test in June, while Fabio Taborre was notified of his suspension on Monday.
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec has announced that they plan to contest the ruling, with an appeal to the UCI for a lifting of the suspension—according to UCI rules, the suspension will be lifted if the team proves to bear no responsibility. Team manager Gianni Savio said that the team will “provide all the documents demonstrating the measures adopted to fight against doping: from the seminars guided by lawyer Giuseppe Napoleone, the education courses, the many letters sent to all the components of the team, to the signing of the strict Internal Rules certified by Notary Marco Marvaso.”
In addition, the team appears set to file suit against the two sanctioned riders. “We have delegated Napoleone to prosecute Davide Appollonio and Fabio Taborre requiring compensation for damages,” Savio said.
“I think it is very significant to add that also all the riders and the whole technical staff of the team have given Napoleon [a] mandate to prosecute the two riders [who] tested positive.”