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by Shane Stokes
June 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bauhaus wins stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Pieters sprints to victory on stage two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Modolo wins GP Canton d’Argovie-Gippingen; BMC Racing Team rejects Froome transfer rumour as ‘a complete lie’; De Gendt says he expects to lose the yellow jersey; Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox to sponsor Baby Giro; Chavanel signs up for one more year with Direct Energie; The man behind the Maglia Rosa: An insiders’ view of Tom Dumoulin; Video: Hammer Sportzone Limburg – Race highlights; Video: Inside the BMC Team Car in final kilometre of Dauphiné time trial
The Bardiani Valvole and CSF Inox companies have announced that they will be a ‘bronze sponsor’ of the under 23 Giro d’Italia, known as the Baby Giro. The race begins on Friday and runs for seven stages.
Both companies sponsor the Italian Pro Continental team of the same name. It received a wildcard invite to this year’s Giro d’Italia, but was plunged into controversy on the eve of the event when two of its riders provided positive A samples in pre race checks. Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni had traces of GH-Releasing Peptides in their systems.
On May 19 both were sacked by the team after their B samples came back positive. The UCI is yet to announce a sanction for the two riders. It hasn’t yet indicated if the team itself will be suspended, as per UCI rules. The team would need future wildcard invitations if it is to return to the race.
“We immediately liked the idea to be involved in Giro d’Italia Under 23,” said team manager Bruno Reverberi on Thursday. “Bardiani’s family and CSF Inox founders enjoyed the proposal a lot. We deeply trust in the idea which underlies our sport project and finding new way to promote it, in addition to the team, is exciting”.
“We wish all the riders, teams and organizers a successful experience. For sure we’ll follow the race with a lot of interest: as talent scouts, it will be a great chance to see some of the most promising Italian talents competing in such a hard race.”