Davide Rebellin suspension backdated

PARIS -- The Monaco cycling federation has confirmed a two-year suspension for Davide Rebellin after the Italian rider tested positive for the banned blood-boosting drug CERA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Monaco cycling federation president Umberto Langellotti said Friday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the suspension date was moved back to April 28, 2009, when his positive test was announced.

Rebellin lost an appeal to the Court for Arbitration for Sport in July against a decision stripping him of his 2008 Olympic silver medal.

The 39-year-old Rebellin, who denied any wrongdoing, was caught when the IOC retested the Olympic samples for traces of CERA. He was suspended by the Monaco cycling federation because he raced with a Monaco license.