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by Shane Stokes
October 4, 2017
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Five months after Italian rider Stefano Pirazzi and Bardiani-CSF teammate Nicola Ruffoni were pinpointed with traces of GH-Releasing Peptides in their systems, the first of those two has been handed a lengthy ban by the governing body. In a file updated on the UCI website, Pirazzi was handed a four year ban. It is listed as beginning on April 26 and running until May 3 2021.
The 30-year-old won the mountains classification in the 2013 Giro d’Italia, and also took a stage in 2014. He was 18th overall last season and also won a stage of the 2016 Settimana Coppi e Bartali.
On May 19 his team said that both riders’ B samples had verified the initial result and that they had been fired. “Bardiani-CSF reserves the right to proceed with a legal action against Pirazzi and Ruffoni to protect the image of the team and its sponsor,” it said then.
The team was subsequently suspended for 30 days, running from June 14 to July 14. This was carried out under article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, which provided for a ban between 15 days to 45 days.
Meanwhile the UCI’s anti-doping file also showed that Brazilian rider Alex Correia Diniz was given an eight year ban for what it described as the ‘use of prohibited methods and/or prohibited substances.’ In March it announced that he had been provisionally suspended in connection with his biological passport violation. He previously served a two year suspension between 2009 and 2011 after testing positive for EPO. He returned from that and won the queen stage of the 2013 Tour de San Luis, finishing third overall.