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Santambrogio: "Infertility Treatment Caused Positive Test"



Mauro Santambrogio is blaming the use of drugs to treat infertility and erectile disfunction last summer, as the cause for his positive test for testosterone last October.

“This time, I have a clear conscience. I’ll tell you how things are, and then everyone is free to think how he wants,” Santambrogio told the Italian cycling website, Tutto Bici.

“I was suspended, I didn’t know if I’d race again, so I decided to tackle a delicate physical problem. I went to an urologist on July 7. For my erection problem, he wrote me a prescription for Andriol, 40mg for three months, plus Aprosten for 60 days. Also, I had fertility problems and was being tested because I want to start a family.

Andriol is a brand name for testosterone, while Aprosten is used to address prostate problems. 

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bans the use of Andriol at any level. An athlete may not apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to use the drug.

“On October 22, when the testers came, I told them that I was being treated. I showed them the documents. They took photographs of them and tested me. The same day, I called UCI’s Doctor Mario Zorzoli to explain the situation.

“Why would I cheat? I didn’t even know I would be returning until October 28 because all the teams had been flatly denying me.”

Santambrogio initially received a 4-year ban from racing by the UCI, after he tested positive for the banned substance EPO, during the 2013 Giro d’Italia. 

 

However, the Italian rider received a reduced ban to just 18-months, for his cooperation with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC). 

Santambrogio’s ban ended on November 2, 2014, which allowed him to sign with the Amore & Vita team.


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