Matteo Rabottini 'living in hell' after EPO positive test

The Italian has worked with the UCI in naming the supplier of the drug, but says he has lost everything after his failed anti-doping test

RABOTTINI Matteo (ITA) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Italian cyclist Matteo Rabottini says that he paid 300 Euro for a life of hell. For the money, the 2012 Giro d'Italia stage winner bought a vial of EPO in August 2014 that resulted in a positive anti-doping test, the loss of his pro contract, and his family rejecting him.

Rabottini confessed to the UCI and named his supplier. He is now serving a suspension that ends this May and paying off a loan that he took to cover the €91,000 (£66,717) fine.

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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.