Emanuele Sella banned for one year

Giro d'Italia surprise package used CERA

Italy's Emanuele Sella leaves behind him the pack during the 15th stage of the 91st Giro d'Italia from Arabba to Passo Fedaia on May 25, 2008. Italy's Emanuele Sella won the stage

Emanuele Sella is the latest cyclist to be found guilty of using CERA, the third generation EPO drug.

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The Societa CSF Gruppo Navigare rider has been banned for one year by the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) anti-doping office after being caught in an out-of-competition test taken on July 23.

A one-year ban was handed down, instead of two, after the rider admitted his guilt and co-operated with the court during his trial in August, ANSA news agency reported.

Sella was the surprise package of the 2008 Giro d’Italia, winning three climbing stages and was a close second in the mountain time trial at Plan de Corones.

However, he is the latest rider to fail a test for CERA, which has also snared Tour de France third Bernard Kohl and Riccardo Ricco, Leonardo Piepoli and Stefan Schumacher.

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In September Tour de France officials announced they would be retesting samples for CERA, with the International Olympic Committee following suit in October.