By Agence France Presse
Italian cyclist Gabriele Bosisio (LPR Brakes) has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO, the UCI announced Tuesday.
The 29-year-old was found positive in an out-of-competition test conducted by the UCI on September 2 at Rogeno, Italy.
Bosisio’s LPR teammate, Danilo Di Luca, had apparently finished second in the Giro d’Italia in May, but was later suspended for failing two doping tests during the race.
A UCI statement said Bosisio has been provisionally suspended, pending the outcome of a follow-up test.
“This decision is subsequent to reception of results from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, which show adverse analytical findings (for recombinant EPO) from a urine sample taken during an out-of-competition test on September 2, 2009.”
The UCI has been registering an increasing number positives, due in part to the new “biological passport” program, which since its creation last year has charted the blood parameters of every pro in the world.
When blood samples are taken from riders, they are analyzed and compared to other results on file with the UCI. When anomalies appear the rider is often targeted with a random doping control, when urine samples are usually taken.
Such was the case with Bosisio, winner of the seventh stage of the 2008 Giro. The statement added that he had been targeted after “the rider’s blood profile, as part of the biological passport, looked suspicious.”
Bosisio, who has the right to demand analysis of a B sample, will remain suspended until the Italian Cycling Federation decides to open disciplinary proceedings.