The 24th edition of Gran Fondo Pinarello in Treviso, Italy on 18 July attracted 2009 participants and one amateur rider that tested positive test for steroids according to the Italian National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO).
42 year-old Italian Daniele Lazzari (GIANLUCA FAENZA TEAM) finished the 113 kilometre medio fondo on the podium in third place with a time of 2:52:50 and has since been suspended by NADO after returning a positive result for Methylprednisolone follow a drug test performed at the race.
Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid banned from use in athletic events worldwide by the World Anti Doping Agency. It is prescribed by physicians as an anti-inflammatory to help with recovery from conditions such as arthritis, asthma, back pain and broken bones. Combined with the body’s naturally produced cortisol it significantly helps the body recover and heal faster while improving endurance.
A NADO hearing has yet to be scheduled for Lazzari to present information in his defense.