Eddy Mazzoleni has refused to cooperate with Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in an ongoing anti-doping investigation. The third placed Giro d'Italia finisher appeared before CONI Friday.
The investigation is centered on Doctor Carlo Santuccione, who allegedly provided athletes with banned substances.
"Mazzoleni denied any responsibility and did not want to collaborate," said CONI's Ettore Torri to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Like former pole vault world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco, Mazzoleni would not answer questions. Gibilisco ultimately received a recommendation for a two-year ban from competition.
CONI's evidence allegedly implicates Mazzoleni in the form of documents that are recorded SMS messages associated with the Oil for Drugs scandal. The rider from Bergamo reportedly sent messages to doctor Carlo Santuccione mentioning Danilo Di Luca and hormone use.
Mazzoleni is presently suspended by his team Astana.