Former women's road racing champ Bastianelli banned for doping
ROME -- Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli was banned for one year by the Italian Olympic Committee on Wednesday for testing positive for a banned stimulant.
Bastianelli, who won the women's road race at last year's world championships, was kept out of the Beijing Olympics after testing positive during July's under-23 European championships in northern Italy.
Bastianelli was questioned by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor in August. The 21-year-old rider has said she did not knowingly use the drug but has acknowledged taking a slimming product that contained the banned substance.
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