Vania Rossi’s B sample yielded a negative result for EPO-CERA. This was confirmed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) online on Friday. A statement was issued saying that the cyclo-cross rider’s B sample analysis showed it didn’t meet the minimum level of CERA under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The testing was conducted from 29th of March to April 2nd.
The two samples taken from Rossi were checked by a laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry, France. Rossi never admitted to taking any EPO-CERA and always claimed she was innocent. Due to the new evidence, CONI’s prosecutor shall review the two-time national champion’s case before any further actions.
At the Italian cyclo-cross national championships, a doping control was facilitated last January 10 which showed that Rossi tested positive for CERA. The testing was headed by CONI. Due to the findings which met WADA’s criteria for doping, Rossi was consequently suspended from competing on January 29.
Rossi’s boyfriend, Riccardo Ricco, was found positive for EPO-CERA during the 2008 Tour de France. Ricco was suspended after the incident. After serving his suspension, Ricco went back to compete. He continued to support Rossi’s claim to innocence over the A and B sample results.