The Italian competed in his first Giro -
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We would have gone well three days before the end of the Giro: Italian rider Matteo Spreafico was provisionally suspended after anti-doping controls deemed “abnormal” by the UCI on the Giro d'Italia.
"The Italian rider Matteo Spreafico was notified of two Adverse Analytical Results (AAF) to Enobosarm (ostarine) in two samples taken during the Tour of Italy on October 15 and 16, 2020", (ie during the 12th and 13th stages), indicates the UCI in a press release.
It is a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and classified as an anabolic agent.
"In accordance with the UCI anti-doping regulations, the rider was provisionally suspended until judgment in this case", adds the body based in Aigle (Switzerland).
Member of a non-MPCC team
Spreafico, 27, joined Vini Zabu, a Pro Team (2nd world echelon) during the season and was playing his first Giro.
He does not count any victory among the professionals.
After 18 stages of the Tour of Italy, Spreafico was sailing in the bottom of the classification, in 127th place, more than 5 hours from the wearer of the pink jersey, the Dutchman Wilco Kelderman.
Vini Zabu is one of the three second division teams invited to the Giro, although it is not, unlike the other two (Androni, Bardiani), of the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC), the leading association in the field of anti-doping.
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