The UCI confirmed the suspensions to Cyclingnews. “I confirm the nine-month suspension for Tino Zaballa imposed by RFEC - which is compliant and accepted by UCI - and the two-year suspensions imposed by Brazilian Federation to Wagner Alves, Elton Silva, Flavio Reblin and Tiago Damasceno,” spokesman Enrico Carpani said. “No other information will be released on these cases by the UCI.”
He turned pro with Kelme in 2001, and rode for Sauner-Duval in 2004-2005, before joining Caisse d'Epargne in 2006-2007. After that he rode for smaller teams, ending up with Miche-Guerciotti in 2011.
Zaballa's biggest success was winning the Clasica San Sebastian in 2005. He also won a stage at the 2004 Vuelta a Espana, amongst other accomplishments. His name was mentioned in connection with Operacion Puerto.
The suspensions of the Brazilian riders stemmed from positive doping controls a the Tour of Rio and the Volta ao Sao Paolo last year. The temporary suspensions were announced in January, and have now been made final.
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