The UCI have announced the decision following their Anti-Doping Tribunal’s investigation into the case involving Luca Paolini. In a statement published today, the UCI have announced that they have “imposed an 18-month period of ineligibility on the rider.”
During last year’s Tour de France, the Italian rider was informed that he had tested positive for cocaine. An Adverse Analytical Finding of Cocaine (Benzoylecgonine metabolite) was found in a sample collected during an in-competition control on 7 July 2015.
The statement from the UCI read as follows:
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving Luca Paolini.
The Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty of a non-intentional anti-doping rule violation (presence of a cocaine metabolite – benzoylecgonine) and imposed an 18-month period of ineligibility on the rider.
In accordance with the Procedural Rules of the Anti-Doping Tribunal, the decision will shortly be published on the UCI website.