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Sella faces a year’s suspension for CERA

By Agence France Presse

Emanuele Sella (Societa CSF Gruppo Navigare) faces a yearlong suspension after testing positive for CERA in an out-of-competition check on July 23.

While the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommends a two-year ban, the prosecutor for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) asked that Sella receive a one-year ban after the rider admitted his guilt and co-operated during his trial in August, the ANSA news agency reported.

CONI’s anti-doping committee will hear Sella’s case on December 1.

Sella was the surprise package of the 2008 Giro d’Italia, winning three climbing stages and finishing second in the stage 16 time trial at Plan de Corones.

Today, however, he is merely the latest rider to fail a test for CERA, which has also snared Bernard Kohl, third at the 2008 Tour de France, and Riccardo Ricco, Leonardo Piepoli and Stefan Schumacher.

In September Tour de France officials announced they would be retesting samples for CERA, with the International Olympic Committee following suit in October.

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