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Ratti tests postive for EPO

Italian rider Eddy Ratti has been suspended following a positive EPO test, the UCI announced on Saturday.

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Italian rider Eddy Ratti has been suspended following a positive EPO test, the UCI announced on Saturday.

Ratti, a member of the De Rosa-Stac Plastic team (formerly LPR Brakes), submitted a sample to drug testers on January 21 and a test conducted at the WADA laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, produced a positive result. The test was part of a pre-season analysis that is part of the UCI’s Biological Passport program. Ratti was a new recruit at De Rosa, having raced as a member of the Amica Chips team in 2009.

De Rosa is a Pro Continental team, registered in Ireland, and has already had its share of doping controversy. In 2009, while operating under the LPR name, the team’s top rider, Danilo Di Luca, twice tested positive for EPO during the Giro d’Italia.

The 32-year-old Ratti has been a professional since 2000, when he signed on with the Mapei-QuickStep team. Ratti remained a member of Mapei for three years and then joined Lampre. He has 10 professional wins to his credit.

Ratti’s case is currently under review by the Italian Cycling Federation. He retains the option of requesting a counter-analysis of his B sample, but Ratti has not yet made a statement regarding the result.