Bernucci with Team Cinelli-OPD

Lorenzo Bernucci closes out a one-year suspension by signing with Italy-based Cinelli-OPD. The...

Lorenzo Bernucci closes out a one-year suspension by signing with Italy-based Cinelli-OPD. The Italian, suspended last year for his use of appetite suppressant Sibultramine, will make his return in the Coppa Placci, September 6.

"I can't wait to put a racing number on my back," said Bernucci in a press release. The one-day Coppa Placci starts in San Marino and ends in Imola.

Bernucci, winner of stage six in the 2005 Tour de France, was suspended by T-Mobile based on a test result following the Deutschland Tour. The Monaco Cycling Federation served him a one-year suspension, which end on September 3.

"Lorenzo has always raced in big teams, giving his all and his indisputable professionalism. ... You don't win a stage of the Tour by chance. He will have the entire team at his calling."

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