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by Shane Stokes
May 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Pöstlberger takes first pro victory on opening stage of Giro d’Italia to wear maglia rosa; Eisenhart, Hall win Stage 2 at Redlands Classic; Kirsten Wild wins first stage in Tour of Chongming Island; Alarcón takes stage one of the Vuelta Internacional a la Comunidad de Madrid; Mugerli wins in chaotic stage 3 final of Tour d’Azerbaidjan; Giro director Vegni says he was wary of sending Bardiani-CSF team home following doping positives; Bouhanni forced to withdraw from Tour of California; 105-year-old Robert Marchand recognised as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist; Google Doodle marks 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Michele Scarponi. The farewell interview; Video: Steven Kruijswijk’s final preparations for the 100th Giro d’Italia; Video: Caleb Ewan – Interview at the start of stage one of the 2017 Giro d’Italia; Video: Geraint Thomas – interview before the Giro d’Italia; Video: Tom Dumoulin – interview before the race; Video: Nathan Haas receives his Fi:zi’k Giro Shoes; Video: Chasing Cancellara
Although the Bardiani-CSF team started the Giro d’Italia under a cloud following Friday’s news that two of its riders, Nicola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi, had provided A samples positive for GH-Releasing Peptides, race director Mauro Vegni said that his hands were somewhat tied.
“I could’ve technically [sent the team home] given the damages to our image, but I wanted to wait, because if the B sample comes back different, they could ask the Giro for damages,” said Vegni, according to Cycling Weekly. “We need to wait until it’s clear. If it is clear [they are positive], I can ask for damages from the team. The damages were already done, though, when the media comes out with it. The damage is done already, unfortunately.”
Pirazzi won the mountains classification in the 2013 Giro d’Italia, and also took a stage in 2014. Ruffoni is four years younger at 26, and is a sprinter. He took two stages plus the points classification in the recent Tour of Croatia.
If the B samples confirm the positives, UCI rules permit a team suspension of 15 days to 45 days as it has two doping cases. However it may take some time for this point to be reached, and thus the team started the race on Friday.
“I’m sorry for the Giro, for Italian cycling, and that team represented Italian cycling. It shows that you have to keep your attention high for doping, because unfortunately, there’s always an idiot,” Vegni said. “It happened, it’s sad, but the Giro has so much more to it. The media reported on it, which they should have, but they gave much news to the party going on at the presentation.”
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