26-year-old Davide Appollonio of Androni-Sidermec, who rode for Team Sky between 2011-12, failed test for banned blood booster EPO on June 14

Davide Appollonio, who rode for Team Sky from 2011 to 2012, has failed an anti-doping test for banned blood booster EPO. After two years with Ag2r, the Italian sprinter signed with Androni-Sidermec for 2015 and participated in the Giro d’Italia. He tested positive on June 14.

The positive test result came ahead of the Tour of Slovenia (June 18-21) where 26-year-old Appollonio won the points classification. The news was announced by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on Tuesday evening, and Appollonio is now provisionally suspended from competition.

The UCI did not add any additional information, but as per rules, Appollonio may ask for his B sample to be analysed to confirm or negate the A sample.

Appollonio failed to take a victory in the Giro. His best result came on stage 17 to Lugano where he placed fifth behind winner Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida).

Davide Appollonio, Giro d'Italia 2011, stage six

Davide Appollonio, Giro d’Italia 2011, stage six

Appollonio comes from Italy’s small Molise region in the South. He began racing with Cervélo Test Team. With Sky, he rode the Giro d’Italia in 2011 and took his last two wins: a stage in the Tour of Luxembourg and one in the Tour International du Poitou Charentes.

He left Sky for Ag2r and this year joined Gianni Savio’s Professional Continental team, Androni-Sidermec.

“I watched the races in television in the past and I can see that cycling’s changed, changed for the better,” Appollonio told Cycling Weekly in 2011.

“All of this is better for the young riders, who now have a chance to express themselves better and step up in the ranks. I know the story, but I’ve been lucky enough to avoid it all.”

  • James G

    I’m hearing A LOT of boo hooing from the uber sensitive spandex crowd…STFU and get a grip. NFL, UEFA, (actually ALL football) and most all sports are riddled with ped use. It’s the edge, the advantage athletes need to excel in top pro sports. #Naive #muppets #LegalizePeds

  • TangerineGray

    Another reason I stopped watching cycling for about a 15 year period from the end of the Indurain period until about 5 years ago. I was just sickened by it all,NEVER trusted Armstrong(which proved correct!) and felt sorry for amazing athletes like Boardman who were effectively fighting with one arm tied behind their backs! Maybe it`s just easier to say to the cyclists at the highest level that they are free to dope?! It`s then up to them if their health is affected in later life and puts almost everyone on a level playing field! 🙁

  • maxwell savege

    s**t stirrers. what about the other teams he rode for?

  • Bob

    Every drug story is another nail in the coffin. when I go out with my non-cycling mates and a cycling story crops up, the first word associated with someone’s victory or achievement is the D word, and no matter how much you try explain about bio passports, the fact that there’s so much ‘outing’ because of testing compared to other sports it makes no difference – such a shame

  • neineinei

    But it is ok they mention AG2R and use an old photo of him in AG2R jersey and cap at the top of the article? Surely it should be common practice to mention riders team history in articles like this.

  • Adam

    Agree 100%, makes you want to think Sky could be the source of the problem.

  • Keith

    Disappointed that this article drags team sky into this story and includes an old photo when one could surely have found a more recent one.