Italian under-23 rider banned after testing positive at Baby Giro

The rider used a healing cream that contained a banned substance, according to Italian media

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

An Italian under-23 rider has been banned for one year after he tested positive during the Baby Giro.

Marco Cecchini, a 21-year-old from Pesaro, has been added to the UCI’s list of sanctions after he was found to have used a banned substance on day two of the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia – the U23 Tour of Italy.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.