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Italian Olympic Committee requests two-year ban for Androni-Venezuela rider Francesco Reda for not doing a urine test on February 28

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05.12.2013 @ 18:46 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Francesco Reda may face a two-year suspension as the Italian Olympic Committee has requested such a ban for the Italian. The case stems from his failure to provide a urine test in February 28 after the GP Camaiore.

 

The future seemed to be a bright one for Francesco Reda at the end of February. After a couple of difficult season on the Quickstep team, the 31-year old Italian had finally started to show his talents after returning to Italy and riding for smaller teams.

 

In 2012, he was one of the strongest riders in the Italian races while riding for Acqua e Sapone and finished in the top 10 in multiple one-day races. He showed his potential on the international scene as well and finished 6th in the Tour of Belgium.

 

When his team folded, he signed a contract with Androni-Venezuela for the 2013 season and he came out with all guns blazing. He was 3rd overall in the Tour Mediteranéen after finishing 2nd on two stages and went on to finish 2nd in the Trofeo Laigueglia, 7th in the GP Camaiore and 8th in the Strade Bianche.

 

Suddenly, Reda disappeared from the racing scene and nobody have any official explanation. It later emerged that he had been suspended by his team for anti-doping reasons but the Italian took the case to the UCI headquarters in Aigle.

 

The international federation ruled that Reda had the right to compete and so manager Gianni Savio reluctantly let him race in a number of one-day races towards the end of the season. However, his contract wasn't renewed and his future seemed to be very uncertain.

 

However, he can now stop his search for a new team as the International Olympic Committee has recommended a two-year ban for a violation of article 2.3 in the WADA code. The prosecutor claims that Reda failed to deliver a urine test on February 28 when he had finished 7th in the GP Camaiore.

 

It will now be up to the relevant authorities in the Olympic Committee to determine whether Reda will be sanctioned in the case.

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