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Rossi’s B sample negative

The Italian Olympic Committee has announced that the B sample of cyclist Vania Rossi has come back negative.

Rossi is the partner of Riccardo Ricco, thrown off the 2008 Tour de France for doping, had returned a positive test for CERA, a variant of EPO.

CONI had earlier announced that Rossi’s A sample had tested positive following the Italian national cyclocross championships on January 10, where she finished second. Rossi has been under suspension since the original sample was returned.

CONI noted, however, that the follow-up test did not produce “the minimum levels of CERA required to satisfy the criteria of the World Anti-Doping Aency.”

“In both cases the results of the analyses have been confirmed by the Châtenay-Malabry laboratory in France,” CONI added.

Rossi denied any wrongdoing.

Riccò, who is the father of Rossi’s son Alberto, has only just returned from a 20-month suspension for testing positive for CERA during the 2008 Tour de France.

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