Nicola Ruffoni blames Giro d'Italia anti-doping positive on prostate infection

Bardiani-CSF rider was prevented from starting Giro d'Italia after testing positive for human growth hormone

Nicola Ruffoni.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF), who was sent home on the eve of the 100th Giro d'Italia due to an anti-doping positive for a human growth hormone, says that the test result could have been due to a prostate infection.

Ruffoni and his team-mate Stefano Pirazzi tested positive for growth hormones GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs) on April 25 and 26, respectively. The results went public Thursday night, 12 hours before the Giro set off from Alghero, in Sardinia.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.