The Italian National Anti Doping Organization (NADO) announced Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) member Alessandro Giuliani has been found guilty of trafficking prohibited substances, and subsequently banned him from competition for 10 years.

In recent years authorities in Italy have stepped up the fight to not only catch athletes using banned substances, but more importantly to catch their suppliers and dismantle illegal networks trafficking prohibited substances.

NADO did not release details of Giuliani’s case, but indicated he was found in violation of articles 2.6 and 2.7 of the Anti-doping Sports Code (CSA) which states:

2.6 Possession of a Prohibited Substance or Method by an Athlete or Athlete Support Person.

2.7 Illicit trafficking, or attempted illegal trafficking, by an Athlete or Other Person in Prohibited Substances or Methods.

FCI results show a 48 year-old amateur with the same name competing as an MTB gran fondo rider, who often finished on the podium in his age category.

Giuliani will not be able to participate in any manner as an athlete or support person in sports governed by the World Anti Doping Code until 9 January 2033.

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