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Mauro Santambrogio tests positive for testosterone

Immediately prior to the end of his 18-month doping ban for an EPO positive at the Giro, Santambrogio tests positive for testosterone

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced that Italian rider Mauro Santambrogio returned an adverse analytical finding for testosterone in a sample collected in an out-of-competition anti-doping test performed on October 22, 2014.

Santambrogio, 30, was suspended by the UCI after testing positive for EPO during the 2013 Giro d’Italia, where he went on to finish ninth and win stage 14. Those results were subsequently disqualified; Santambrogio was fired by Vini Fantini (now known as Neri Sottoli or Yellow Fluo), and he was suspended by the UCI for 18 months — a term that had just ended at the beginning of November.

The Italian is not currently employed by a team, and may face a lifetime ban with this second doping violation, if a B sample confirms the result.

In accordance with UCI anti-doping rules, Santambrogio has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.