Marta Bastianelli

Marta Bastianelli

Italian World Champion in cycling, participant of the 2008 Olympics
Date of Birth: 30.04.1987
Country: Italy

Content:
  1. Marta Bastianelli: Italian World Champion Cyclist
  2. Early Life
  3. Achievements
  4. Doping Controversy
  5. Defense and Appeal
  6. Family Support
  7. Current Career

Marta Bastianelli: Italian World Champion Cyclist

Early Life

Marta Bastianelli was born on April 30, 1987, in Velletri, near Rome, Italy. From a young age, she displayed a passion for cycling and quickly emerged as a talented cyclist.

Marta Bastianelli

Achievements

In 2004, Bastianelli won the silver medal at the Junior World Championships in Verona, Italy. Her success continued in 2007 when she won the gold medal at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Championships. She also earned a bronze medal at the Grand Prix de Plouay and a silver medal at the European Championships in the under-23 category.

Marta Bastianelli

Doping Controversy

In 2008, Bastianelli's career took a significant hit when she tested positive for the banned substance flenfluramine. The positive test occurred during the European Championships in Verbania, Italy, which raised doubts about her participation in the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. As a result, the Italian Olympic Committee removed Bastianelli from the national team.

Defense and Appeal

During the investigation, Bastianelli claimed that flenfluramine was an ingredient in a weight maintenance supplement she had purchased from a pharmacy. She argued that the substance was not intentionally used as a performance-enhancing drug and that the presence of flenfluramine was a coincidence. However, the Olympic authorities did not accept this explanation, and Bastianelli decided to appeal the decision.

Family Support

Throughout the controversy, Bastianelli's mother, Mirella, defended her daughter's innocence. She assured that Marta was meticulous in selecting her medications and always consulted the World Anti-Doping Agency's standards. Mirella shared stories, such as Marta refusing anesthesia at the dentist's office out of fear that it could contain banned substances. Despite their efforts, Marta was ultimately unable to compete in the Olympics.

Current Career

Following the doping controversy, Bastianelli continued her cycling career. She currently competes for the Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan team and remains a prominent figure in the cycling world. Despite the setback, Bastianelli's talent and determination continue to shine through, and she remains a respected figure in Italian and international cycling.

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