Androni Giocattoli team faces suspension after second positive test

Fabio Taborre fails a test for a substance that 'stimulates the production of EPO' after the Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team's Davide Appollonio failed a test for EPO

The entire Italian Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team faces suspension from competition after a second rider from the squad failed an anti-doping test this season.

Thirty-year-old Italian rider Fabio Taborre failed a test for banned substance FG-4592, which the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) reports ‘has the property of stimulating the endogenous production of EPO’. Taborre failed the test on June 16.

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The news of Taborre’s positive from the UCI comes only weeks after the organisation released a statement confirming that the team’s sprinter Davide Appollonio failed a test for EPO on June 14.

According to new anti-doping rules introduced at the start of 2015, a team with two doping positives in a 12-month period will face a ban from between 15 and 45 days. The exact duration of the suspension will be decided by the UCI’s Disciplinary Commission.

Taborre has the right to request that his B sample is tested, and can be present when the test takes place.

Taborre has previously ridden for Italian teams Acqua & Sapone and Vini Fantini. His last victory was a stage of the 2012 Tour of Austria.

The UCI Professional Continental level Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec are due to start the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday, August 2. It is unclear whether the suspension will be in place before the race starts.