Niccola Ruffoni and Stefano Pirazzi have been sacked by Bardiani-CSF after testing of their B samples confirmed their positive doping tests from before the Giro d’Italia.
The two Italian riders tested positive for the same type of growth hormone in out-of-competition tests conducted the end of the April, with the announcement of the positive tests made a day before the start of the Giro d’Italia.
Both riders requested their B samples be tested, with Ruffoni blaming his positive test on a prostate infection, but the news that the B samples have also tested positive mean they should now face lengthy bans.
In a statement issued on Friday, the team said that it would be sacking both riders, and would also be considering taking legal action.
“With reference to the official communication received from the UCI that confirms the positivee analysis of B samples belonging to Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni, Bardiani-CSF Pro Cycling announces the start of the sacking process for both the athletes, as established in team health rules in case of violation and part of the contract signed by each riders of the team.
It is unclear when the commission will reach a decision on the team’s sanction, but with nine days left until the end of the Giro d’Italia, it is not inconceivable that Bardiani-CSF may not make it to Milan if a decision is reached in the meantime.