Lorenzo Bernucci will ride in 2009 for Team LPR Brakes, where he will join Danilo Di Luca and Alessandro Petacchi. Bernucci recently finished serving a one-year suspension on doping charges.
The 29 year-old tested positive for the appetite suppressant Sibutramine during the Deutschland Tour in August 2007. Team T-Mobile immediately terminated its contract with him. The Monaco Cycling Federation gave him a one-year suspension, which ended this summer.
Bernucci then signed with the Continental team Cinelli-OPD for the remainder of the 2008 season. He rode three races for the team in September, the Vuelta Mexico, the Giro della Romagna and the Coppa Placci.
(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)