60-year-old tested positive after amateur race in August A jazz musician from Pavia in Lombardy has been obliged to face the music after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs following an amateur race. Gigi Cifarelli, 60, has been suspended from cycling for four years by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI).
La Gazzetta dello Sport (link is external) describes Cifarelli as having ‘an unbridled passion for cycling’ and that enthusiasm clearly translated into a little too much competitive desire ahead of the Gran Premio Uva Fragola in the town of Suno.
Cifarelli admitted his guilt and is said to have written an open apology to his fans (fans of his music, rather than his cycling, presumably). He has been provisionally banned since the positive test in August and cannot return to competitive action until November 17, 2019. He was also ordered to pay administrative costs of 378 euros.
Cifarelli has released four albums. Coca & Rhum (1985), Kitchen Blues (1991), With The Eyes Of A Child (1999) and Io C’Ero (2009).
Last year , Paul Dimeo, Senior Lecturer in Sport at the University of Stirling, wrote that the easy availability of drugs including EPO on the internet, as well as […]