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Dubai: UAE Staff Emirates have secured the providers of Fabrizio Guidi as Sports activities Director with the staff throughout the 2021 season.

The 48-year-old Guidi involves the UAE outfit with a lot expertise after having frolicked in an identical function with different groups together with Nippo, Saxo-Tinkoff and most lately at EF Professional Biking.

Guidi confirmed lots of enthusiasm in linking up together with his new staff. “It’s a staff I’ve admired for a very long time. I’m completely satisfied and proud to affix a robust and bold staff with a stable challenge for the long run,” Guidi stated. “It’s an necessary alternative and I can’t wait to spend my vitality on this thrilling journey.”

Guidi is the second new Sports activities Director for 2021 after the sooner appointment of Fabio Baldato in an identical function for the staff’s 2021 marketing campaign.

Born in Pontedera within the Province of Pisa in Italy, Guidi has received over 40 races since turning skilled in 1995. Amongst his main successes was the Italian profitable two phases of the Giro d’Italia and three phases of the 1998 Vuelta a Espana. He retired as an expert rider on the finish of 2007 season throughout his final season for British staff Barloworld.

In the meantime, former Italian rider Riccardo Ricco has been banned for all times by Italian anti-doping authorities after being discovered responsible in yet one more doping investigation.

In 2015, Ricco had been accused of making an attempt to purchase EPO and testosterone after being caught red-handed with two sellers by Italian police in a parking lot within the Tuscan city of Livorno. Though he now not has a racing licence, the Tribunale Nazionale Anti-Doping banned him for all times. Ricco was additionally ordered to pay a superb of €4,000 (Dh18,000) and €378 in prices.

In current instances, the Italian anti-doping authorities have gotten powerful and banned quite a few individuals concerned for a complete of 100 years, together with one other former rider and a former skilled soccer participant. As per information obtainable, the medication had been allegedly stolen from a hospital after which offered on to quite a few athletes.

Ricco received phases on the Giro d’Italia and was the perfect younger rider in 2008. Nonetheless, he examined optimistic for the blood-boosting drug CERA throughout the Tour de France the identical 12 months. He served a two-year ban and made a comeback in 2010, however his profession ended when he was rushed to hospital in 2011 after allegedly finishing up a transfusion with an contaminated bag of blood he had stored in his fridge at dwelling.

He was suspended for 12 years, however continued to journey a motorbike. He was invited to participate in a number of Gran Fondo occasions and introduced his document makes an attempt on biking greatest climbs. After the 2015 accusations, Ricco moved to Tenerife and opened an ice-cream parlour.

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