Bastianelli banned for one year after positive dope test
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bastianelli banned for one year after positive dope test

by Agence France-Presse at 10:46 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Doping
Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli, the 2007 women's road race world champion, has been handed a one-year ban by the anti-doping tribunal of the Italian Olympic Committee for failing a drugs test.

Bastianelli, 21, missed the Beijing Olympics after testing positive for flenfluramine, a stimulant, at the European under-23 championships in Verbania, northeast Italy, in July. The year ban was backdated to August 7 and will run until August 6, 2009.

Bastianelli's lawyer Giuseppe Napoleone said they would now appeal the case at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The rider protested her innocence before the tribunal in August, saying that her local pharmacist had given her a dietary concoction of herbs that included the stimulant.

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