Mauro Santambrogio

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Mauro Santambrogio
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Personal information
Full name Mauro Santambrogio
Nickname Santa
Born (1984-10-07) 7 October 1984 (age 33)
Erba, Italy
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Team information
Current team Banned until 21 October 2017
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
2004–2005 LPR-Piacenza
2006–2009 Lampre–Fondital
2010–2012 BMC Racing Team
2013 Vini Fantini–Selle Italia
2015 Amore & Vita–Selle SMP
Major wins

One-day races and Classics

Tre Valli Varesine (2009)
GP di Larciano (2013)


Trittico Lombardo (2009)

Mauro Santambrogio (born 7 October 1984 in Erba) is former Italian professional road racing cyclist, who last rode for UCI Continental team Amore & Vita–Selle SMP and is currently banned until October 2017 for a second doping positive.


Until 2009, Santambrogio rode for Lampre–NGC, and after the 2009 season he changed to BMC Racing Team. In 2010, he was mentioned in the Mantova doping investigation, and was sidelined for a few days by his team; he was again sidelined in 2011 when new evidence showed up.

After leaving BMC at the end of the 2012 season, Santambrogio joined Vini Fantini–Selle Italia. He made an excellent start to the season, including finishing 6th overall in Tour de San Luis, 7th overall in Tirreno–Adriatico and winning the GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano in pouring rain. He was clear of the group with Patrik Sinkewitz, when Sinkewitz crashed at a right turn with 2 km (1.2 mi) to go. Santambrogio then soloed his way to victory.[1] Santambrogio then finished 2nd overall in Giro del Trentino. At the Giro d'Italia, Santambrogio won Stage 14 after attacking with race leader Vincenzo Nibali, to rise to fourth overall, and just one second off the final podium place occupied by Rigoberto Urán. However, Santambrogio's form collapsed and he eventually finished 9th overall. Santambrogio's surprising performances had caused rumours amongst the peloton of doping from early in the race.[2]


On 3 June 2013, it was announced that Santambrogio had tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) after the first stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia. This came just a few weeks after teammate Danilo Di Luca was thrown out of the Giro for testing positive for the same substance.[3][4] Santambrogio was also sacked by the team.[5] Santambrogio was suspended by the UCI until 2 November 2014.[6]

On 22 October 2014, Santambrogio tested positive for testosterone and was suspended for three years.[7][8] Santambrogio said he would not seek to return once his suspension has been served.[9]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF DNF DNF 86 DSQ
A yellow jersey Tour de France 132 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 121 88 58
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ "Santambrogio wins GP Industria & Artigianato — Larciano". Future plc. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Santambrogio suspended by UCI for EPO positive -". 
  3. ^ "Santambrogio is Vini Fantini's second Giro EPO positive". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Italian rider Mauro Santambrogio tests positive for EPO". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Peloton's reactions to dopers a rebellion, Acquarone says". Future plc. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. Vini Fantini manager Angelo Citracca vowed to continue the team, however, stating that they have fired Santambrogio, and following any disciplinary action, they may seek damages. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
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  8. ^ "Santambrogio tests positive for testosterone during EPO ban -". 
  9. ^ "Mauro Santambrogio receives three-year ban for 2014 positive test - Cycling Weekly". 27 October 2015. 

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