Italian cyclist handed four-year ban for EPO positive

Fabio Taborre, formerly of Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec, is banned until 2019 after testing positive for a blood boosting drug

Fabio Taborre (Photo: Jérémy-Günther-Heinz Jähnick)

Former Androni Giacattoli-Sidermec rider Fabio Taborre will not be able to return to racing until 2019 after being handed a four year ban for taking a blood booster that 'stimulates the production of EPO'.

The Italian, who failed a test on June 16 last year, was one of two riders on his team to test positive for performance enhancing drugs, along with sprinter Davide Appollonio, leading to the team being the first to be suspended under new UCI rules.

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According to a statement on the UCI website: "The Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of FG-4592) and imposed a 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider.

"In accordance with the Procedural Rules of the Anti-Doping Tribunal, the reasoned decision will shortly be published on the UCI website."

Appollonio was also banned for four years for his failed test, with Androni team manager Gianni Savio undertaking legal action on the pair.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.