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Doping: Marta Bastianelli Positive


The current Womens' World Champion on the road, Marta Bastianelli, tested positive for a stimulant on 5 July. She was racing the U23 European Championships where she finished third, at the time of the test. Specifically, the test showed the drug flenfluramina, a component in diet products. Though saying that one could never be surprised by anything these days, Ballerini, nonetheless said the result came as a shock. He speculated that the test might have resulted from a herbal supplement, that Bastanelli took unknowingly. The Italian Federation eagerly awaits the results of the B sample, as she is a member of the national team slated to ride in Beijing.

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