EF terminate Andrea Piccolo's contract amid suspicion of trafficking doping products

Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-EasyPost) on stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia
Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-EasyPost) on stage 2 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

EF Education-EasyPost have announced that the team has terminated Andrea Piccolo's contract effective immediately after the rider was stopped by Italian authorities while entering the country on Friday "on suspicion of transporting Human Growth Hormone".

The 23-year-old, who joined the US team from Androni Giocattoli in 2022, had been subject to an internal suspension at EF back in March after he was found to have been "taking a sleeping aid that was not approved by the team, though legal."

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.