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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
Over a month after the May 4 announcement that two riders from the Bardiani-CSF team had tested positive, the UCI has announced that the team will face a suspension from competition, starting Wednesday.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that the Disciplinary Commission has decided to suspend the UCI Professional Continental Team Bardiani CSF for a period of 30 days from 14th June to 14th July 2017,” it said in a short statement. It said that this sanction was applied in accordance with article 7.12.1 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, which enable teams to be sidelined when more than one rider tests positive. “For the duration of its suspension, the Team Bardiani CSF is suspended from participating in any international event.”
The team 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 both had traces of GH-Releasing Peptides in their systems.
The duo were subsequently sacked by the team on May 19 when their B samples came back positive. Pirazzi won the mountains classification in the 2013 Giro d’Italia, and also took a stage in 2014. He was 18th overall last season. Ruffoni is a sprinter who took two stages plus the points classification in the recent Tour of Croatia.