Shamed Ricco to become a barman
Italian Riccardo Ricco, sacked by his Vacansoleil team after a botched self-blood transfusion, has ruled out a comeback as a professional rider and said he hoped to become a bartender instead.
Ricco returned from a 20-month ban last year but was admitted to a hospital in serious condition last month after what doctors said was a self-blood transfusion gone wrong.
"It is not doping. I have not tested positive but I have already been judged," Ricco told the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I don't want to ride (as a professional) anymore (...) The world of cycling makes me puke. I do not miss cycling. I am going to become a bar tender, I've always liked it."
Ricco, a flamboyant climber who finished second overall in the 2008 Giro, was kicked out of that year's Tour de France following a positive test for the blood boosting EPO-CERA.
Ricco is facing disciplinary proceedings from Italy's anti-doping body as blood transfusions to boost performance are illegal under Italian sports law.