Damiano Cunego, who won the 2004 Giro d'Italia, remains bitter that the organizers didn't give him a chance for him to retire in style.
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The Italian will step down to second division team Vini Fantini-Nippo and take classes on sports science
The GC field at the Giro is filled with riders both young and old, such as 24-year-old Nairo Quintana (above) and 37-year-old Cadel Evans
With a doping investigation lingering, Lampre-Merida is focusing on 2014 — which includes anchoring its grand tour plans around Rui Costa
He's joined by a number of other speedsters, including Moreno Moser and Fabio Aru
31-year-old Damiano Cunego will lead the Italian team, which boasts an average age of 29
Though it came without a true showdown against Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara's triumphant return to the cobbles proved his place yet again
Weekly news program looks at our coverage of Shimano's road line updates and suggests Cunego isn't one for race advice
Newly crowned 2011 Giro d’Italia champion Michele Scarponi will be Lampre-ISD’s leader at this year’s edition of the Giro in May.
The two-time world champion Italian drove the 2012 worlds course and expects a four or five-man group to punch up a sprint for the rainbow stripes in September
ROME (AFP) — Former Tour of Italy winner Damiano Cunego and former world champion Alessandro Ballan have been called before the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor.
CHIETI, Italy (VN) ─ Michele Scarponi landed the first blow in the GC battle, his Lampre-ISD teammate Damiano Cunego close behind, in stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) nearly closed a 10-second gap on the 19-percent ramp into Chieti, but came up just short, with Cunego passing him and both taking same time in the final meters.
- 1. Damiano CUNEGO, (ITA) Lampre-Farnese Vini, at 5:21:26
- 2. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, (COL) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at s.t.
- 3. Emanuele SELLA, (ITA) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 2
- 4. Peter SAGAN, (SVK) Liquigas-Doimo, at 2
- 5. Ben HERMANS, (BEL) Team RadioShack, at 2
- 1. Damiano CUNEGO, (Italy) Lampre-Farnese Vini, in 8:56:41
- 2. Peter SAGAN, (Slovakia) Liquigas-Doimo, at 2
- 3. Jose Rodolfo SERPA PEREZ, (Colombia) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 4
- 4. Emanuele SELLA, (Italy) Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni, at 8
- 5. Eros CAPECCHI, (Italy) Liquigas-Doimo, at 12
Michele Scarponi's arrival at Lampre may see Damiano Cunego leave for Footon-Servetto.
World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) outsprints a select group of contenders to win stage 7 of the 2010 Giro d’Italia as Alexander Vinokourov regains the overall lead.