PARIS: Biking workforce Vini Zabu introduced on Friday that it could be pulling itself from competitors days after a second constructive doping check in lower than a yr.
The Italian outfit was going through a ban of between 15-45 days from biking’s governing physique UCI after their rider Matteo De Bonis examined constructive for EPO in an out-of-competition check in February.
The consequence got here after Matteo Spreafico failed a doping check at the newest Giro d’Italia in October. Vini Zabu sacked the 28-year-old just a few days later.
“We have now determined to droop ourselves till there’s full readability within the De Bonis case,” the workforce mentioned in an announcement.
“It is the fitting factor to do whereas we proceed to work along with the UCI.”
Italian investigators carried out a collection of searches on the houses of Vini Zabu’s riders and employees, which in accordance with an interview common supervisor Angelo Citracca gave to Cyclingnews led to nothing unlawful being discovered.
“We have requested the UCI to listen to our facet of issues. We do not have a date or know something about how the disciplinary course of will unfold,” Citracca mentioned.
The second-tier biking workforce has been chosen by organisers to participate on this yr’s Giro, which begins in Turin on Might 8.
Citracca mentioned that his workforce’s participation was not assured and insisted “we’re not concerned in doping” regardless of Motion for a Credible Biking saying that it had failed 9 doping exams within the final 12 years.
“There is a threat we cannot experience, who is aware of what’s going to occur,” he mentioned.
“It is all occurred so rapidly that we’re not even considering of the Giro. We’re nonetheless attempting to grasp what has occurred.
“We have already gathered some proof and handed it onto the police and the UCI.”