Bastianelli says she has handed over banned product for analysis

Updated: August 5, 2008, 11:20 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli was questioned Tuesday by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor after she tested positive for a banned stimulant and lost her Beijing Olympics spot.

Bastianelli, who won the women's road race at last year's world championships, said she had "shed light on the main points" of the case during the session.

The 21-year-old rider tested positive during July's under-23 European championships in northern Italy. She has said she did not knowingly use the drug but has acknowledged taking a slimming product that contained the banned substance.

On Tuesday she said she had given the product to the prosecutor so that it could be analyzed. She expressed regret at not being able to take part in the Olympics and said she hoped to take part in the next world championships to defend her title.


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