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Richeze out of Giro d'Italia after positive doping test

Updated: May 9, 2008, 1:08 PM ET
Associated Press

PALERMO, Sicily -- Argentine cyclist Maximiliano Richeze tested positive for steroid use in a recent race and has been excluded from the Giro d'Italia that begins this weekend, Giro organizers said Friday.

Richeze tested positive for the steroid stanozolol three weeks ago when competing in another race, Giro spokesman Sergio Meda said. Richeze can request that his second sample be tested, but for now has been expelled from the Giro that starts Saturday.

Richeze, who races ...

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