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A cyclist is expelled for testing positive for doping at the Giro

It has been the first case detected since 2015

The Italian cyclist Matteo Spreafico (Vini Zabù-KTM) has been provisionally suspended and expelled from the Giro from Italy after test positive for ostarina in an anti-doping control carried out last week.

Spreafico marched in position 127 of the general of the Giro after the stage this Thursday.

Spreafico underwent two controls on October 15 and 16 after the stages with finals in Cesantivo and Monselice and in both analyzes they appeared after ostarine, a substance banned by the AMA since 2008.

The International Cycling Union (UCI), commented in a communication:

«The Italian cyclist Matteo Spreafico has been notified of two adverse analytical findings (AAF) by Enobosarm (ostarina) in two samples collected during the Giro d'Italia on October 15 and 16 ”,

On the other hand, the UCI recalled that the rider has the right to "request the analysis of the B samples".

It has been the first positive at the Giro since 2015

Under the body's rules, Spreafico, the first positive for doping at the Giro since 2015, has been provisionally suspended.

What is the ostarina?

The Enobosarm (ostarina) is a prohibited substance included in class S1.2 -other anabolic agents- of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2020 List of Prohibited Substances, adopted by the UCI.


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