Vini Zabù impose self-suspension from racing after De Bonis EPO positive

Vini Zabu at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali 2021
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Vini Zabù team have self-suspended themselves from racing as they carry out an internal investigation into Matteo De Bonis' positive anti-doping test for EPO and fight to save their wildcard invitation to the Giro d’Italia.   

If the adverse analytical finding is confirmed by analysis of De Bonis’ B-Sample or if he confesses to doping, then Vini Zabù risk a suspension of 15-45 days for a second doping case in the same twelve-month period after Matteo Spreafico tested positive for ostarine on last year’s Giro. The period of self-suspension from racing could be counted in any UCI decision to suspend the team after a disciplinary hearing.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.