Gaddoni suspended for 18 months after testosterone positive

Italian female mountain biker banned

Elena Gaddoni has been given an 18-month suspension after testing positive for testosterone earlier this year. The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced the ban on Thursday, according to Italian media sources.

The 30-year-old showed an unacceptably high testosterone value in an out-of-competition test done at a training camp in Garda on April 24.

Her suspension runs from June 1, 2010, until November 30, 2011.

Gaddoni, who rode for Team Scapin-Stihl Torrevilla MTB, has finished as high as fifth in the women's marathon cross-country race at the UCI world championships.

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