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Ricco’s girlfriend tests positive for CERA

Ricco and Rossi are escorted out of the prosecutors office after Ricco's positive test for CERA during the 2008 Tour. AFP PHOTO ERIC CABANIS

Vania Rossi, a top Italian cyclocross racer and girlfriend of Riccardo Ricco, has tested positive for the blood booster CERA, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced Friday.

A blood sample taken from Rossi after the January 10th Italian cyclocross championships in Milan was found to contain the drug, CONI said. Rossi finished second at the championships.

Ricco, who has a child with Rossi, tested positive for the same substance in the 2008 Tour de France and is serving a 20-month suspension set to end in March.