Italian Championships runner-up, Reda, tests positive for EPO

Francesco Reda, who won the first stage of the An Post Rás before being disqualified, tested positive at the Italian National Championships

Francesco Reda after the Italian Road Championships in 2015

(Image credit: Watson)

Francesco Reda, who finished a surprise second to Vincenzo Nibali in the Italian National Championships in June, has tested positive for the EPO variant Aranesp.

Reda, who was racing for Continental squad Team Idea 2010 ASD, provided the positive sample after the race on June 27, where he beat Lampre-Merida's Diego Ulissi into second place.

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