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Davide Appollonio suspended for EPO

Italian Appollonio fails a doping test in June after finishing the Giro and before he won the points jersey at Tour of Slovenia

Italian Davide Appollonio has been provisionally suspended by the UCI for an adverse analytical finding that indicated the presence of EPO in a June anti-doping test.

Appollonio, 26, started his career with the Cervelo Test team in 2009 and 2010. He spent two years with Team Sky, 2011 and 2012, and raced with Ag2r La Mondiale following the Sky stint before moving to the Italian Pro Continental squad Androni-Sidermec for the current season.

The non-negative test result came from a sample taken on June 14, after Appollonio finished the Giro d’Italia and before he started the Tour of Slovenia. He finished fifth in stage 17 of the Giro and won the points classification at the Slovenia tour, which ran June 18-21.

Appollonio may request a B sample to confirm the test result.