Rider who shot former head of state's cat suspended by Trek-Segafredo

The team condemns Antonio Tiberi's "reprehensible" behaviour and suspends him without pay

UAE Tour 2023
Tiberi (centre) pictured at the recent UAE Tour
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri / Getty Images)

Trek-Segafredo has suspended its rider Antonio Tiberi without pay after he was convicted of killing a cat with an air rifle – which turned out to belong to the former head of state of San Marino, Pedini Amati.

His actions were "reprehensible", said the team, which was apparently previously unaware of the incident.

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