Mattia Gavazzi of Colnago CSF-Inox was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) for testing positive for cocaine. The son of Pierino Gavazzi, who won Milan-San Remo in 1980 and five Giro d’Italia stages, was found positive when the urine sample collected last March 31, 2010, resulted to an adverse analytical finding of cocaine. The sample was analyzed at a WADA accredited laboratory in Lausanne.
During stage one of the Settimana Lombarda, Gavazzi finished second to Francesco Chicci of Liquigas-Doimo. Two days later, he won first place at stage two, beating Roberto Ferrari of De-Rosa-Stac Plastic and Alberto Loddo of Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni.
Gavazzi’s temporary suspension from racing will be in place until his case is heard by the Italian Cycling Federation. The federation holds the final verdict as to whether Gavazzi committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.
The 26-year-old Italian was previously suspended for 14 months due to cocaine when he was an amateur in 2004. Should he be found guilty, it could mean a lifetime ban from the sport. There are no news yet as to whether Gavazzi will take the option to do a B-sample testing.
The Italian federation ordered Gavazzi to enroll in a rehabilitation program.