Paolini doping case headed to UCI tribunal

Luca Paolini's doping case will be heard before the UCI's Anti-Doping Tribunal.

Photo: TDW

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The UCI has been tight-lipped about Luca Paolini’s doping case — a failed test at the Tour de France that revealed the presence of cocaine — but it announced Wednesday that the case is moving forward.

“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has referred Mr. Luca Paolini’s case to the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal,” the organization said in a published statement. “The Tribunal shall hear Mr. Paolini’s case and render a judgment in accordance with the Tribunal Procedural Rules (which are available on the UCI website). The decision will be published in due course on the UCI website.”

Katusha unveiled its 2016 team on Saturday. Naturally, Paolini was not present, due to his pending doping case, but he did post a photo of himself about a week ago, out for a ride on a team-issue Canyon, likely from the past season. Perhaps the Italian winner of Gent-Wevelgem believes he has a chance of winning the appeal.

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