According to the Italian newspaper, Gazzetta.it, Paolo Savoldelli has been summoned for questioning in Rome by the Italian Anti-Doping Agency for February 12 – "following development of investigations underway for violation of the anti-doping rules".
The summons lists three possible anti-doping rule violations: "2.2: use or attempted use of a banned substance or prohibited method by an athlete and 2.8: Administration or attempted administration of banned substances or prohibited methods; and 3.2: for consulting and services from people who have been suspended."
There’s a lot of speculation as to why the former Giro d’Italia winner has been summoned.
One possibility is that the US Anti-Doping Agency may have turned over incriminating evidence relative to his links to Dr. Michele Ferrari while a member of Discovery Channel team, along side Lance Armstrong.
However, Savoldelli feels that it might be related to Danilo Di Luca’s recent revelations about "doping" in the sport.
"It’ll be for the Di Luca case, we raced together (at LPR Brakes in 2008)." "We’ll see what emerges. I just hope that they aren’t trying to make a splash in the media about it."
"It could be linked to Armstrong and the Padova investigation but I’m not worried." "It’s just a pain that I’ll have to go all the way to Rome."
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