Ricco considering return to cycling
Riccardo Ricco wants to return to cycling having changed his mind about becoming a bar tender, the Italian has said.
The disgraced rider refused to confirm allegations he had performed a self blood infusion that nearly killed him.
Ricco, sacked by his Vacansoleil team in February after doctors said his botched attempt had put his life in danger, had said last month he was quitting the sport.
"The esteem of fans made me change my mind and if they let me, I'll return to racing straight away," Ricco told reporters on leaving a hearing of Italy's anti-doping body, who previously gave him a 20-month ban for doping at the 2008 Tour de France.
"I don't remember anything about my recovery. I was more dead than alive. They only said it was a virus. The doctor (who said it was a self transfusion) will have to account for what he said."