Former Giro d'Italia boss Michele Acquarone 'used as a scapegoat'

Michele Acquarone was sacked by Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport after huge sum of money went missing, and continues to try and clear his name

Michele Acquarone, Giro d'Italia director

Italy's Michele Acquarone, former RCS Sport manager in charge of the Giro d'Italia, stands firm one year after the media company fired him over €13m in missing funds.

"It's not RCS versus a former employee. Here it's RCS protecting itself keeping the scandal far from the heart of the company," Acquarone said in a letter this month. "In real life big fishes eat small fishes. Always."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.