Italian cycling team faces UCI ban for doping by 2nd rider
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Italian cycling team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec faces being suspended from all races after a second rider tested positive for doping within weeks.
The International Cycling Union says Fabio Taborre tested positive for a banned substance during training on June 16.
The substance, FG-4592, stimulates production of endurance-boosting hormone EPO.
Last month, another rider on the second-tier team, Davide Appollonio, tested positive for EPO.
UCI rules allow ''the suspension of the team from 15 to 45 days'' if two riders test positive within a 12-month period.
The UCI says its disciplinary commission will decide within days on the team's status.
Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec did not race in the Tour de France, but got a wild card entry to the Giro d'Italia in May.
The 30-year-old Taborre is provisionally suspended during his disciplinary case.