Zomegnan didn’t use Ricco’s name but his comments during a meeting with sponsors were meaningful: “At the 2010 Giro d’Italia, there will be riders in quarantine”, he said.

“In the past we have put our faith in riders who didn’t deserve it, as time showed later on [referring to Danilo Di Luca whose team was invited to participate to Milan-San Remo and Tirreno-Adriatico in 2008 while his case after the 2007 dope control at the Zoncolan was still pending].

“From this experience, we learnt that whoever has to be invited to the Giro will have to be patient for a certain period of time.”

The organising newspaper concluded that Ricco’s new team Flaminia will not be invited to the Giro this year.
About time.