Matteo Rabottini handed two-year ban for doping

Italian failed an out-of-competition test last August with the UCI listing the rider in its latest edition of Anti-Doping Rule Violations

Matteo Rabottini on stage fifteen of the 2012 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Watson)

Matteo Rabottini has been given a two-year ban by the UCI after testing positive for EPO in August 2014 during an out-of-competition test.

The Italian, who rode for Neri Sottoli at the time of his ban, will serve a ban until May 6 2016, with the UCI reducing his ban by three months for his cooperation with anti-doping authorities.

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Richard Windsor

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