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Davide Rebellin, Eladio Jimenez Sanchez and Massimo Giunti draw two-year suspensions

  • By Agence France Presse
  • Published Oct. 2, 2010

Disgraced Olympic silver medalist Davide Rebellin has drawn a two-year suspension for doping, the UCI announced on Saturday.

Rebellin finished second in the men’s road race in Beijing behind Spaniard Samuel Sanchez, but in April 2009 it was announced that one of his samples from the Games had tested positive for the new generation of EPO, a Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator (CERA).

Rebellin, who is registered with the Monaco cycling federation, had already been stripped of his silver medal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and provisionally suspended.

The UCI said Saturday “the FMC has sanctioned Mr. Davide Rebellin with a two-year suspension starting on April 28, 2009.”

The decision is likely to spell the end of 38-year-old Rebellin’s career. He was a one-day classics specialist and scored a number of top victories such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne and Amstel Gold Race.

Earlier this year Rebellin appealed the loss of his medal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), claiming that testing procedures had not been respected.

However, in July the arbitration body rejected that appeal, ruling that the presence of CERA had been validly detected in Rebellin’s blood samples and that the laboratory followed the correct method and system of analysis.

With Rebellin’s disqualification, Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara moved up to the silver-medal position and Alexander Kolobnev of Russia took the bronze.

On Saturday the UCI also confirmed that two other federations had handed down sanctions.

The Spanish federation banned Eladio Jimenez Sanchez for two years and handed him a fine of 8,400 euros ($11,600) for doping while the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) hit Massimo Giunti with a two-year suspension and a 1,750-euro fine.

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