Matteo Spreafico out of Giro d'Italia after doping positive

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 MONSELICE ITALY  OCTOBER 16 Start  Matteo Spreafico of Italy and Team Vini Zabu KTM  Cervia Village  Trofeo Senza Fine  Trophy  during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 13 a 192km stage from from Cervia to Monselice  girodiitalia  Giro  on October 16 2020 in Monselice Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images
MONSELICE ITALY OCTOBER 16 Start Matteo Spreafico of Italy and Team Vini Zabu KTM Cervia Village Trofeo Senza Fine Trophy during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 13 a 192km stage from from Cervia to Monselice girodiitalia Giro on October 16 2020 in Monselice Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

The UCI have announced that Matteo Spreafico (Vini Zabù-Brado-KTM) has returned two Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) at the Giro d'Italia.

Two samples collected on October 15 and 16 (stage 12 in Cesenatico and stage 13 to Monselice) showed the Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) Enobosarm, otherwise known as ostarine.

The Italian 27-year-old "has the right to request and attend" analyses of B samples, a UCI statement read. Spreafico has been provisionally suspended and has left the race, where he lay 127th overall after Thursday's stage 18.

Enobosarm is an investigational SARM developed to treat osteoporosis and muscle wasting conditions. SARMs, including Enobosarm, have been on WADA's Prohibited List since 2008 under the 'other anabolic agents' section.

The drug is claimed to produce effects similar to anabolic steroids, including losing weight and building muscle. Former riders Nikita Novikov and Kayle Leogrande are among athletes to have tested positive for ostarine in the past.

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