Rabottini to serve a two-year doping ban

Italian rider Matteo Rabottini has been banned for two years after testing positive for Erythropoietin (EPO).

Matteo Rabottini, Doping, Doping Ban

Matteo Rabottini tested positive for erythropoietin in an out-of-competition control on August 7, 2014 (Sirotti) Source:

The International Cycling Union (UCI) says three months of Rabottini's ban is deferred to reward his cooperation with the investigation. He is eligible to race again next May.

Rabottini tested positive for the banned endurance-boosting hormone in training last August.

He was then withdrawn from Italy's team for the road world championships.

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The 27-year-old Rabottini was among several Italian riders in the Neri Sottoli team caught doping in recent seasons.

The team now races as Southeast Pro Cycling and is currently competing at the Giro d'Italia.

Rabottini won a stage at the 2012 Giro d'Italia and the best climber classification.


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Published 13 May 2015 at 10:05pm
Source: AAP