Diego Rosa cleared to race in Rio

After Tuttobiciweb revealed on Friday that an unnamed Italian on the Rio team had missed three whereabouts tests and wouldn’t compete in the Olympics, the rider, now confirmed as Diego Rosa (Astana), has since been cleared to ride.

It has been confirmed that Rosa did miss one test in 2015, but the two other missing tests, which would usually carry a two year ban, were on the fault of the testers, not Rosa.

“Diego Rosa missed a test in June of last year. He presented a statement of defence which wasn’t accepted by the authorities in charge,” Italian Cycling Federation president Renato Di Rocco told Tuttobiciweb. “Then, on June 23 and 25 last month, there was a misunderstanding with the UCI inspectors sent to perform tests ahead of the Italian Championships. They got the wrong place and so it was a question of procedural error rather than missed tests.”

Di Rocco confirmed Rosa would start the race alongside teammates Nibali and Aru, as well as BMC duo De Marchi and Caruso.

“But it wasn’t a question of rider error and the episode was clarified. So there’s no case: Diego Rosa can duly participate in the Olympic road race.”

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