Italian world road race champion Marta Bastianelli will be gearing down now that she tested positive prior to the Olympics. The young road race champ tested positive for the 'stimulant' fenfluramine on July 5. CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee) declared her ineligible for the upcoming Beijing Games. To VirginMedia:
The Italian rider tested positive for illegal stimulant flenfluramine following a drug test on July 5 at the European under-23 championship in Verbania.
The sample will now be sent for a counter-analysis.
It is expected Bastianelli will be replaced for the Olympic Games.
These doping disqualification do not bode well for the Olympics and for the sport of cycling. Maybe the cyclists simply need to strap on a LZR racing swim suit which easily passes the master of the Olympics, and may cut through air better than old cycling suits.
Gianni Petrucci, president of of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) was damning of Bastianelli, saying she had "betrayed" her colleagues.
"If the analysis is confirmed we will be inflexible. Marta Bastianelli has betrayed CONI, the federation and the world of cycling," he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
"We will also have to weigh up the eventual damage to the image of Italian sport, seeing as she had already signed the contract all Azzurri athletes heading to Beijing had to sign."
"She has been incredibly naive," said Di Rocco. "She has tested positive for flenfluramine, which is a component in diet products. She only eats salad.
"Now we will immediately call for a counter-analysis. But the problem is not only the Olympics, which she as world champion was obviously due to take part in. The problem is for her image and for that of cycling."
Remember fen-fen, pulled for cardiac problems. That drug concoction contained fenfluramine, which means it could be deleterious to the heart.
The distinctive valvular abnormality seen with fenfluramine is a thickening of the leaflet and chordae tendineae. Roth suggested a mechanism by which fenfluramine damaged the valves