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Italian rider Sella admits doping in meeting with officials

Updated: August 8, 2008, 10:55 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Italian cyclist Emanuele Sella admitted on Friday while meeting with doping prosecutors that he took banned substances.

Sella, the top climber at the Giro d'Italia this year, tested positive last month for the blood-booster EPO following an out-of-competion test ordered by the International Cycling Union.

Sella "confessed to having had access to a banned drug and he explained the context in which he received the substance," his lawyer Eriberto Rosso said in a statement ...

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