Two Italian cyclists tested positive for EPO in June, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced Thursday. The first, Giovanni Carini (Pagnoncelli NGC Perrel), tested positive after winning the Elite without contract category at the Italian Championships in Boltiere. The second, Paolo Bossoni (Lampre), returned a positive the following day after the elite men's road race.
This is the second consecutive year the Italian championships have been tainted by an EPO positive. In 2007, Luca Ascani controlled positive for the blood booster and was stripped of the elite men's time trial title.
Bossoni, who placed sixth in the race which was won by the outspoken anti-doping rider Filippo Simeoni, was suspended by his Lampre team. He will not take part in the upcoming Clásica San Sebastián, and no substitution will be made for that race.