Matteo Marini (AJO CYCLING TEAM ASD) tested positive for Erythropoietin Recombinant/EPO and Ephedrine at the end of stage five of the 2019 Giro Sardegna Gran Fondo cycling race on April 25, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy according to NADO – Italian Anti Doping.

NADO has now issued a final ruling on the case and banned the gran fondo rider from events for 8 years, effective October 10, 2019 through July 9, 2027. In addition Marini forfeits all results from the race and must pay 378 euros for court proceedings.

The 47 year-old Marini finished 1st overall in the Medio M45-49 category (18 participants) and won two stages at the 6-day event on the Island of Sardinia.

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