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by Matt de Neef
May 8, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fernando Gaviria takes Giro d’Italia lead with stage 3 victory; Jolien D’Hoore victorious at the Tour of Chongming Island; Kirill Pozdnyakov wraps up overall victory at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Marianne Vos claims her first win of the season at Trofee Maarten Wynants; Ruth Winder, TJ Eisenhart win the Redlands Bicycle Classic; Shannon Malseed wins the Tour of the South West; Rohan Dennis crashes out of Giro GC contention; Caleb Ewan devastated after missed opportunity on Giro’s second stage; Nicola Ruffoni suggests prostate infection as cause for positive test; British cycling apparel brand Vulpine enters administration; Two cyclists killed as alleged drunk and drugged driver hits group in Spain; Video – Van driver forces cyclist off the road.
In the wake of his positive test for a banned substance, Italian rider Nicola Ruffoni has taken to Facebook to provide something of an explanation.
“I have never, and I mean never, used during my career as a cyclist, products banned from the anti-doping rules,” he said. “My eating habits haven’t changed in the last few months, nor has my style of life. I’m trying to give a logical explanation to what happened to me, reliving what I’ve done in the last month before the test.
“[A possible reason for the] presence of growth hormone in my urine may be a strong prostatitis, of which I suffered during the period from 20/03 to 20/04 and that forced me to suspend my activities and to treat it with antibiotics. I shall therefore go to an expert endocrinologist to get information.
“I’ll wait peacefully for the [B] sample, and I will try to defend all the way my credibility.”
Follow the link to read Ruffoni’s full post on Facebook.