Mauro Santambrogio doping case could be first for UCI's new tribunal

Italian Mauro Santambrogio will fight UCI against a suspension for testing positive for testosterone, which he says he took for legitimate medical reasons

Mauro Santambrogio wins stage fourteen at the 2013 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Mauro Santambrogio is fighting a doping positive that he said resulted from fertility and erectile drugs. His lawyer requested an extension to January 20, when he will present the Italian's defence to cycling's governing body, the UCI.

The UCI explained on Tuesday night that its new anti-doping tribunal is ready to handle cases and take the burden, and doubts, off of the national federations. Santambrogio's case could be the first on the tribunal's bench.

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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.