Italian cycling team faces UCI ban for doping by 2nd rider

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Italian cycling team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec faces being suspended from all races after a second rider tested positive for doping within weeks.

The International Cycling Union says Fabio Taborre tested positive for a banned substance during training on June 16.

The substance, FG-4592, stimulates production of endurance-boosting hormone EPO.

Last month, another rider on the second-tier team, Davide Appollonio, tested positive for EPO.

UCI rules allow ''the suspension of the team from 15 to 45 days'' if two riders test positive within a 12-month period.

The UCI says its disciplinary commission will decide within days on the team's status.

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec did not race in the Tour de France, but got a wild card entry to the Giro d'Italia in May.

The 30-year-old Taborre is provisionally suspended during his disciplinary case.

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