UCI appeals Russian Cycling Federation decision to clear Olympic medallist over alleged positive test

Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya allegedly tested positive in Spring 2014 but was cleared by her home federation of wrongdoing

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The UCI will appeal to the Court for Arbitration of Sport following the decision by the Russian Cycling Federation to acquit Olga Zabelinskaya of doping allegations. Zabelinskaya, who won bronze medals in both the road race and time trial at the London Olympics in 2012, allegedly tested positive in Spring 2014.

Zabelinskaya’s sample, which was provided when she was racing in Latin America, apparently contained traces of the fat burner Octopamine. Early last month the Russian federation (FSVR) announced they had found in her favour and would be taking no further action.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.