Ricco suspended by Vacansoleil team

Riccardo Ricco, stage winner

Ricardo Ricco has been suspended from competition with immediate effect by his Vacansoleil-DCM team after the Italian rider became seriously ill after a suspected illegal blood transfusion.

Ricco was admitted to hospital with stomach pains after a training ride, and it was reported that he admitted to hospital staff that he had transfused blood into his body that had been kept in his home refrigerator for 25 days.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.