AIGLE, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union says it has banned Italian cyclist Nicola Ruffoni for four years for doping.
Ruffoni's positive test for a growth-hormone-releasing peptide during training was announced on the eve of the Giro d'Italia in May.
The 26-year-old rider and teammate Stefano Pirazzi, who also tested positive for a GHRP, were fired by Italian team Bardiani CSF.
The UCI previously banned Pirazzi for four years.
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