Alberto Tacconi retires

After just two years as a pro, Italian Alberto Tacconi (Miche) has decided to retire from the sport....

After just two years as a pro, Italian Alberto Tacconi (Miche) has decided to retire from the sport. Tacconi will instead dedicate himself to his new pizzeria restaurant, Da I'Tacca, in Florence, which is popular among the local cyclists.

"It wasn't an easy choice," said Tacconi. "At the end, reason prevailed and commercial sense was respected over my deep attachment to the bicycle."

Tacconi won't leave cycling altogether, and he will continue to work with Miche team manager Marco Tozzi in managing the squad, particularly the interaction between the staff and the athletes.

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