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Sella returns to competition today

By:
Les Clarke
Published:
August 18, 2009, 6:57 BST,
Updated:
August 18, 2009, 9:35 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Italian Emanuele Sella in CarmioOro team gear

Italian Emanuele Sella in CarmioOro team gear

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Suspension over, it's back to business for Italian rider

After serving a one-year suspension for doping, Italian rider Emanuele Sella will return to competition today in the Tre Valli Varesine.

Sella tested positive to the latest-generation variant of EPO, CERA, in an out-of-competition test last year. At the 2008 Giro d'Italia he won two Alpine stages and the mountains classification.

He received a 12-month ban rather than the mandatory two-year sanction due to an admission that he used performance-enhancing products and his co-operation with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in relation to its anti-doping investigations.

Having been signed for Continental squad Carmiooro Style-A, the rider from Vicenza will ride the Tre Valli Varesine as his comeback race before competing in the Coppa Agostoni, Coppa Bernocchi and Trofeo Melinda over the next five days.

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