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World Champion to miss Olympics

Bastianelli faces CONI after positive test 

Italian tested positive at European U23 RR in July

World Champion in the road race, Italian Marta Bastianelli, tested positive for a banned weight loss product at the European Under 23 Championships in early July. The product, flenfluramina, acts a stimulant. Bastianelli reportedly claimed that the flenfluramina was included in a mix prepared for her by her regular chemist to help her lose weight. She was immediately suspended from competition. 

Max Bonanomi, President of Dilà Monticello Guerciotti made a statement via media release on 29th July, the day after the positive test was revealed, stating that the positive test had taken everyone by surprise and the team would stand by its athlete, hoping that the situation would not compromise the 'human and sporting' development of the youngster. Bastianelli joined the team in June with the aim of competing in both the European Under 23 road race Championships and the Giro Donne, which started a couple of days later. She was third in the road race and finished the Giro ninth overall, 9 minutes 6 seconds behind winner, Fabiana Luperini.

Bastianelli faced CONI - the Italian Olympic Committee on 5th August in an attempt to put the record straight so that she can return to competition. The Italian Cycling Federation President, Renato Di Rocco, confirmed that a request to have the athlete's B Sample analysed had been made.

Bastianelli's appearance was, however, too late to regain her place on the Italian Olympic squad. Alessandra D'Ettorre (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) was announced as replacement and travelled to Beijing over the weekend. The rest of the team are : Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla), Tatiana Guderzo and Vera Carrara (both Fiamme Azzurre).

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Marta Bastianelli takes a less than conventional approach in the feed zone during Stage 4 of the Giro Donne, 2008

 

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