Riccardo Ricco quits cycling… he's off to be a bartender

"Ricco is no more" although we probably haven't heard the last of him

by Tony Farrelly   March 12, 2011  

Riccardo Ricco (picture- Vacansoleil).jpg

Riccardo Ricco today announced he's quitting cycling, in an interview with today's Gazetta dello Sport the disgraced former VancanSoleil rider said that the cycling world "makes me want to puke" so he's off,"Ricco is no more", he says.

And what does the future hold for the bad(est) boy of cycling "I am going to become a bar tender, I've always liked it ", Ricco told the paper– a career choice that at the very least opens him up to numerous shot-based jokes, either that, says Ricco, or he is going to work in a factory where he won't have to do too much thinking. Hmm.

He may be bowing out but if his Gazzetta interview is anything to go by Ricco is not leaving with his tail between his legs - as well as being sick of cycle racing and the people in it, he also maintained he was innocent of the latest allegation of doping stemming from his hospitalisation last month with suspected kidney failure. Ricco denied telling the doctor treating him that he had given himself a blood transfusion.

"He says this, I say something else. I was a bit out of it and I don’t know what I might have said,” before adding. “We’ll see from the tests who is telling the truth.”

Riccó's decision that he has had enough of cycling may well prove to be academic, if found guilty of doping a second time he faces a life ban from the sport. CONI, the Italian Olympic Committee which oversees disicplinary matters in cases of doping in Italian sport immediately opened disciplinary proceedings when details of Ricco's recent hospitalisation were announced. The rider also faces a judicial investigation into his conduct.

Ricco's career has been on a downward trajectory since he failed a drugs test for EPO at the 2008 Tour following the second and most spectacular of his mountain stage wins. Riccó returned from the resulting ban in March last year (he was also handed a suspended prison sentence by a French court) and had looked to have made it back to the top level of the sport by securing himself a berth on the VacanSoleil team for this season.

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Perhaps he could open a small tapas bar, and serve tasty bits of clenbuterol beef too

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posted by mr-andrew [303 posts]
12th March 2011 - 18:43


The only factory that would have need of him would be one desperately short of tools. So, if I were him, I'd go for the bar job option. At least then he might get training in how to keep a refrigerator in a sanitary condition. Of course, he is probably hoping his "retirement" will be like Vinokourov's. Or that, like Contador's threatened retirement, it will cause his country's officials to beg him to come back. But Ricco is not only a cheat, he is a fool, and that is something neither governing bodies nor pro-teams will tolerate. If nobody will hire him for any job, he always has the support of a loving partner to fall back on. No, wait, didn't he dump her when she tested positive too? Oh well.

posted by handlebarcam [545 posts]
12th March 2011 - 18:52

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Ricco quits cycling? I think cycling got there before him Applause Even if he'd have wanted to return, and allowing him the benefit of the doubt and accepting that he didn't dope, surely there's not a team on the planet that would touch him with a barge pole. A talented though troubled soul he may be but good riddance all the same.

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posted by cavasta [220 posts]
13th March 2011 - 10:16

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Caro Riccardo,

When it was suggested you train as a lawyer to save yourself the expense of legal fees when you get sued to pay back your salary, they meant "barrister," not "barista."

Yours helpfully,


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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9382 posts]
13th March 2011 - 12:19

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Good riddance you barsteward, you'll not be missed

Exercising my rights by taking them cycling

posted by pedalingparamedic [94 posts]
13th March 2011 - 13:37


I must admit my friends and relatives have told me that when I have been so ill that I have become delerious I too have started confessing to DIY transfusions with badly stored blood. It's a classic fantasy of the ill.

Don't let the (fridge) door hit you in the ass on your way out Ricco.

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posted by bikeandy61 [484 posts]
13th March 2011 - 14:35


I wouldn't want that cheating piece of crap to serve me a drink - you wouldn't know what he may have put in it! Devil

posted by crunch61 [31 posts]
14th March 2011 - 18:13


I'm a bit partial to a Bloody (well, Virgin) Mary and always ask the barman to make sure they spice it up - in this case I think that would just be asking for trouble... Big Grin

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9382 posts]
14th March 2011 - 19:29


What an arse this kid really is.
Man alive Wave

posted by gareth2510 [168 posts]
15th March 2011 - 20:50


Well, good for him. He'll fit right in.

posted by Shiny Flu [84 posts]
15th March 2011 - 21:12