Cyclist banned for cocaine use

2012-03-26 20:17
Mattia Gavazzi (File)

Rome - Cyclist Mattia Gavazzi has been banned for two-and-a-half years by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court following a second offense for cocaine.

Gavazzi tested positive following the prologue of the 2010 Settimana Lombarda race in Bergamo. He won the second stage of the race two days later.

Gavazzi was suspended for 14 months for a cocaine offense when he was an amateur in 2004.

The court gave Gavazzi a six-year ban Monday but then suspended more than half of it because Gavazzi collaborated with CONI's investigation.

The ban was backdated to start March 31, 2010, and will expire September 30 this year.

Read more on:    doping in cycling  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.