Vacansoleil confirm Ricco signing

Eurosport - Tue, 17 Aug 13:44:00 2010

Former drugs cheat Riccardo Ricco has surprisingly signed for Dutch cycling team Vacansoleil on a two-year contract after having previously said he was going to join Quick-Step.

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Ricco was banned for 20 months for doping at the 2008 Tour de France and returned to the sport with small Italian team Ceramica Flaminia in March but missed May's Giro D'Italia because Ceramica were not invited.

"The sponsor and the sporting team believe that Riccardo Ricco, who has been punished, deserve a second chance," said Vacansoleil manager Daan Luijkx. 

"The sponsor and the sporting team believe that Riccardo Ricco, who has been punished, deserve a second chance," said Vacansoleil manager Daan Luijkx. 

Ricco hopes to make his debut in Sunday's Grand Prix de Plouay.

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