Nailed with a prohibited stimulant prior to the Olympics Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli was handed a 1 year ban from cycling. The verdict indicates that the court meted out some leniency in her case. The cyclist claims she was unaware the drug was in the weight loss supplements she used in training. (To the AP)
Bastianelli, who won the women's road race at last year's world championships, was kept out of the Beijing Olympics after testing positive during July's under-23 European championships in northern Italy.
Bastianelli was questioned by the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor in August. The 21-year-old rider has said she did not knowingly use the drug but has acknowledged taking a slimming product that contained the banned substance.