Mattia Gavazzi provisionally suspended for cocaine
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mattia Gavazzi provisionally suspended for cocaine

by VeloNation Press at 2:27 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Doping
 

Mattia GavazziEarlier today, the International Cycling Union (UCI) advised Mattia Gavazzi (Colnago-CSF Inox) that he has been provisionally suspended from racing. The decision was made after the WADA accredited laboratory in Lausanne reported an Adverse Analytical Finding of cocaine in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test during the Settimana Lombarda on March 31, 2010.  He finished second to Francesco Chicci (Liquigas-Doimo) in stage 1a of the event that day, which promped the doping control.

Just two days later Gavazzi won stage two of the Settimana Lombarda ahead of Roberto Ferrari (De Rosa-Stac Plastic) and Alberto Loddo (Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni).
 
The UCI said the provisional suspension will remain in place until a hearing by the Italian Cycling Federation determines whether Gavazzi has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.

He is the son of former professional cyclist Pierino Gavazzi, who won Milan-Sanremo in 1980.  There has been no word on whether Gavazzi will request for his B sample to be tested.

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