Stefano Pirazzi given four-year ban for positive drugs test ahead of Giro d'Italia

Former Bardiani-CSF rider banned until 2021

Stefano Pirazzi at the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Stefano Pirazzi has been banned for four years after failing a drugs test shortly before the Giro d'Italia.

The 30-year-old tested positive for a human growth hormone, GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs), in an out-of-competition test on April 27, with news of the positive test being announced just two days ahead of the start of the Giro d'Italia.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.