Giro d'Italia - Stage 14 winner Santambrogio fails EPO test

Italian Mauro Santambrogio has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO at last month's Giro d'Italia.

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Mauro Santambrogio celebrates on the podium at this year's Giro d'Italia (Imago)

The International Cycling Union said in a statement that Santambrogio, the second Vini-Fantini rider after Danilo Di Luca to fail a dope test at this year's Giro, had returned a positive urine sample after the first stage on May 4.

"The provisional suspension of Mr. Santambrogio remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Italian Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation," the UCI added.

The 28-year-old Italian, who won the 14th stage of the Giro, can ask for his B sample to be tested.

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