Luca Paolini faces UCI hearing over cocaine positive

Italian Katusha rider Luca Paolini seeking to return to racing, but his fate lies in the hands of a UCI tribunal at the end of the week

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Italian Luca Paolini hopes to return to racing after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine at the 2015 Tour de France, but that depends on a UCI tribunal hearing this Friday in Geneva, Switzerland.

Team Katusha appears ready to race the 39-year-old who officials expelled from the Tour on July 10. Tests results on July 7, after the cobbled fourth stage, showed the presence of cocaine. Paolini says he only used it in a June training camp, and so it must have lingered in his body, but it is unclear why pre-Tour tests would have failed to pick it up.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.