EPO 'B' test negative for Vania Rossi

Riccardo Ricco's partner in the clear

Italian cyclist Vania Rossi, the partner of Riccardo Ricco, thrown off the 2008 Tour de France for doping, has seen a B test for banned blood booster Cera, a form of EPO, come back negative, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said Friday.

CONI said in January Rossi had tested positive following the Italian cyclo-cross championships on January 10, in which she finished second and she was immediately suspended.

But the second test did not show up "the minimum levels of Cera required to satisfy the criteria of the World Anti-Doping Agency," CONI said.

"In both cases the results of the analyses have been confirmed by the Chatenay-Malabry laboratory in France".

Rossi denied any wrongdoing.

Ricco has only just returned from a 20-month suspension for taking Cera which came to light during the 2008 Tour.

Rossi and Ricco had a son, Alberto, together last July but later separated although media reports say they are back together.

© AFP 2010

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