Italy's Anti-Narcotics Group (NAS) of Milan arrested Liquigas' neo-professional Gianni Da Ros, 22, this morning with 11 others for drug trafficking. He remains in jail until further questioning tomorrow by prosecutor Andrea Pellegrino, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The arrest of the cyclist from Nave di Fontanafredda (Friuli) followed a night of searches across northern Italy. The anti-narcotics group did not find Da Ros at home, but where he was training with the national track team at the University of Padova.
The investigation is part of an effort by the anti-narcotics group to stop drug trafficking in a series of gyms.
Gianni joined the Liquigas team in August 2008 as a stagiaire. He raced the Tour Down Under, Tour of Qatar, Giro di Sardegna and Giro del Friuli this season. (GB)