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Cycling: Italian rider Santambrogio tests positive for EPO

Test taken after first stage of last month's Giro d'Italia

Cycling: Italian rider Santambrogio tests positive for EPO

Rome, June 3 - Italian cyclist Mauro Santambrogio has failed a doping test taken during last month's Giro d'Italia, ANSA sources said Monday. Santambrogio, 28, tested positive for the blood booster EPO in a sample that was taken after the first stage of the Giro in Naples,the sources said. Santambrogio won the 14th stage of last month's Giro. He races for Vini Fantini Selle Italia, the same team Danilo Di Luca rode for before being sacked after it was announced he had tested positive for EPO with just two days left to run at the Giro. Di Luca, the winner of the 2007 Giro, risks a life ban as he was also suspended for two years in 2009 after testing positive for another drug, CERA, in the world's second-biggest stage race that year, when he came second before being stripped of his place in the standings. Di Luca was also banned for three months in 2007 for links to a doping-tainted doctor.

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