MILAN, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) – Italian Matteo Rabottini has been excluded
from his national squad for the upcoming world cycling championships following
a positive test for a banned blood booster, the Italian cycling federation
Cycling’s world ruling body, the International Cycling Union (UCI),
provisionally suspended Rabottini on Friday following his positive test for
EPO (erythropoietin) during an out-of-competition test in August.
A statement by the FCI said: “After receiving news from the UCI on Friday
that Matteo Rabottini has been provisionally suspended, we would like to
announce that he is immediately excluded from the national squad.”
A report in Gazzetta dello Sport said Rabottini has since been replaced by
Davide Formolo in the preliminary squad for the world road race cycling
championships in Ponferrada, Spain later this month.