May 29, 2009
Italian cyclist suspended for two years
Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli has been suspended from competition for two years following drug tests that came up positive for a banned stimulant.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, in a release Friday, partially upheld an appeal by the International Cycling Union regarding Bastianelli and said she was banned from races for two years, retroactive to last July 5.
despite a lack of significant fault or negligenceon Bastianelli's part and suspended her for one year.
Bastianelli, who said she inadvertently took the stimulant as part of weight-loss medication, and the ICU both appealed.
The arbitration court release said investigators determined Bastianelli failed to check whether the medication contained a banned substance through
her own fault and negligence and set a two-year race ban.