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The Italian cycling team faces a ban due to doping cases

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Riders of the team Vini Zabu.

Italian team Vini Zabù has been suspended after a co-driver tested positive for doping, the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday.

Teams with two 12-month doping cases may be banned from competing for 15 to 45 days, possibly excluding the Giro d’Italia team. The three-week competition in Italy starts on May 8.

The UCI said Matteo De Bonis has been suspended pending a disciplinary case after a positive test for blood-raising hormone EPO in a sample taken on February 16.

De Bonis was referred for testing during training by the Lausanne-based International Testing Agency, the UCI said.

Vini Zabù also had a double-positive test for rider Matteo Spreafico for last year’s trial drug ostarine at the Giro d’Italia in October.

The UCI said it would “soon refer the matter to a disciplinary committee, which will decide in time”.

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