The Italian Professional Continental team has suspended one of its riders, Valery Kobzarenko. In the ongoing investigation of medical products that were found when Belgian police searched the team's hotel in Erpe-Mere last Thursday, the team's manager Palmiro Masciarelli declared that a questionable syringe was found near the Ukranian rider.
The analysis of the confiscated products has not been completed yet, although one of the drugs is reported to be performance enhancing. Belgian authorities also took urine samples of the riders whose rooms were searched. It may take several weeks before the result of the testing will be made public.
Meanwhile, Acqua & Sapone is riding the Belgian races as planned. UCI commissaire Patrick De Munter said that he has no right to sideline the Italian team. "We haven't heard anything from the prosecutor," he explained. "It is only logical the federation does not intervene."
The team's management reacted calmly to the allegations. "All my information comes from the papers and TV," said directeur sportif Flavio Miozzo. "Nothing is official yet. But I'm confident that everything will be alright."