photo credits @ An Post Ras
Francesco Reda, who stood on the podium in second spot alongside Vincenzo Nibali at the Italian National Championships last month, has tested positive for the EPO.
Reda is no stranger to doping infractions, as the Italian rider previously served a two-year ban for doping, after evading a test during the 2013 season, while racing for the Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team.
His ban was later reduced to 14 months, because of his decision to co-operated with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC).
He returned to racing this year with Team IDEA 2010 ASD, where he won the Trofeo Edil C. He also won the first stage of this year’s An Post Rás in May, and while leading the overall race, he was disqualified the next day – for holding on to a vehicle.
According to a report from the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Reda’s first sample was tested in a laboratory in Rome, wherein the analysis revealed the presence of NESP (Darbepoetina alfa), a variant form of EPO.
If found guilty, Reda faces a lifetime ban from cycling
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