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by Shane Stokes
June 14, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Warbasse takes his and Aqua Blue Sport’s first pro win on stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse; Hamilton and Areruva win stages on day five of Under 23 Giro d’Italia; UCI suspends Bardiani-CSF team over double positives; Bardiani-CSF unhappy with sanction but says it won’t appeal; Movistar Team announces Tour de France shortlist; French anti-doping officials suggest cycling is moving in the right direction; Kittel to discuss contract with QuickStep Floors boss Lefevere; Taylor Phinney on how meditation has changed him; Selections announced for 2017 MontanaCrossCamp, including first women’s camp; Stan’s NoTubes announces Avion R Pro rim-brake carbon road wheelsets; Video: Top 10 WTF moments in cycling
Responding to the UCI decision to suspend it for 30 days, the Bardiani-CSF team has said that it acknowledged the ruling but indicated its dissatisfaction with the sanction handed down.
“The team states also its decision to not appeal to the CAS but, with the utmost respect and trust in the competent authorities, wants anyway to express its dissatisfaction for the duration of the suspension,” it said in a statement. It added that it was also unhappy about what it said is “a rule that exceedingly penalizes those who have no responsibilities, such as the team and other riders, in front of deplorable actions of foolish people.”
It was referring to former riders Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni, who tested positive for GH-Releasing Peptides and were fired when their B samples confirmed the test result.
The team suggested it had already paid a price. “In light of the damages already suffered during 100th Giro d’Italia to its image and to its sport performance, racing since the beginning with seven riders, and with specific reference to the innovative and distinctive GreenTeam sport project, never involved in cases of violations of UCI anti-doping rules and official investigations so far, the team considers a lower duration more appropriate.”
It ended the statement by thanking its sponsors and reaffirming that it was determined to strengthen the project, as well as protecting itself from those who don’t align with its values.