Italian cyclist Mattia Gavazzi has tested positive for cocaine for the third time in his career and could now face a lifetime ban, according to Reuters.
The Italian previously served bans for positive cocaine tests in 2004 and 2010. On the first occasion, he was riding as an amateur and was ordered to undergo rehabilitation. On the second occasion, he tested positive during the Settimana Lombarda, receiving a six year ban which was reduced to two and a half due to his cooperation with the investigation.
The Amore & Vita-Selle SMP rider, 32, has since failed another test at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in 2015 and under UCI regulations, a third anti-doping violation triggers a ban of between eight years and life. After testing positive on stage 6, Gavazzi went on to win stages 8, 10, 11 and 13.
The UCI has also today announced that its anti-doping tribunal has made its decision in the case involving Luca Paolini. The Italian has been banned for 18 months following a positive test for cocaine at last year’s Tour de France.