With the announcement that Mauro Santambrogio tested positive for EPO during the Giro d'Italia, many riders took to Twitter to condemn his actions.
Santambrogio surprised many with his unusual form during the Italian Grand Tour which was put in the spotlight when he won Stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia.
"Of course I am not happy, but I am not even surprised," said Giro d'Italia race organiser Michele Acquarone to TuttobiciWeb.it.
"The nice thing is that the group is rebelling. The peloton is no longer accepting these things."
I don't know what is worse? To be positive on EPO,two years without competion/job/hobby or all the shame on the social media? #santambrogio— Zdenek Stybar (@zdenekstybar) June 3, 2013
Hopefully this is the last we hear of him #dickhead— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) June 3, 2013
I just don't get it!!! What are they thinking? What actually goes on in their mind? STOP CHEATING DICKHEADS.— Greg Henderson (@Greghenderson1) June 3, 2013
No words, looks like somebody hasn't understood cycling rules. Sorry but in our sport there is no place for cheaters, hope u never comeback!— Carlos Verona (@Carlos_Verona) June 3, 2013
The peloton knew Vini Fantini weren't trustworthy: was the talking point for the first week of the Giro (until misery & survival took over).— David Millar (@millarmind) June 3, 2013
Good to see Santambroggio positive. Us dirty ol managers have known his performances were high risk for a while. Good to see system work.— Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters) June 3, 2013
#santambrogio Filth! Scum! Grub! Good riddance!— Michael Tomalaris (@miketomalaris) June 3, 2013
Two nights ago fans in Santambrogio's home town organized a party for him to celebrate his Giro. Picture here: twitter.com/maurosanta84/s…— Daniel Friebe (@friebos) June 3, 2013