Following two separate doping positives in their ranks, Italian cycling team Vini Zabu have been suspended from all racing for a month, the International Cycling Union announced on Monday. Matteo De Bonis tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition control in March while teammate Matteo Spreafico fell foul of doping regulations twice on the Giro last October.
The ban on the entire team runs from April 7 to May 6, 2021.
“The UCI Anti-Doping Rules provide for the suspension of a team when two of its riders receive notice of an Adverse Analytical Finding for a non-specified substance in samples collected during the same 12-month period,” the UCI said on Monday.
Vini Zabu announced last Thursday that it would not compete in the Giro d’Italia starting in Turin on May 8 following the two doping cases.
Vini Zabu was one of three teams to receive an invitation to compete in the three-week Giro d’Italia from organisers RCS.
The selection of the second-tier Italian outfit had caused surprise, with the Movement for a Credible Cycling saying it had failed nine doping tests in the last 12 years.
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