The UCI has announced that Italian Davide Rebellin will be stripped of his 2008 Olympic road race silver medal after testing positive for the blood-booster CERA.
In a release issued on Tuesday, the UCI confirmed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will disqualify the 37-year-old, who was second behind Spaniard Samuel Sanchez in Beijing.
Rebellin’s disqualification means that the silver will go to Switzerland’s Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara and the bronze to Russian Alexander Kolobnev.
Rebellin’s failed test came to light at the end of April this year just after he had won the 2009 edition of Fleche Wallonne.
Kolobnev now automatically gets the bronze medal but he said that its not the way that he would want to win an Olympic medal.
Kolobnev said,“I don’t know anything from the results or what’s going on. No one has contacted me from officially from the IOC, the UCI hasn’t told me anything. I know the story only from the press, on the web sites. What do I think? I think it’s bad work of the anti-doping system. They guaranteed that no one goes away from Beijing with medals if there was a problem with anti-doping, but that story came out later. Maybe I have bronze medal or maybe not. It doesn’t change anything in my life.”