Belgium's troubled former star Frank Vandenbroucke could be making his return to the professional peloton with the new Cinelli-Endeka squad where his friend Nico Mattan is directeur sportif. The pair met Friday with the team leadership, and could be close to inking a deal.
"We will know more on Monday," Vandenbroucke said, according to Belga. VDB, as he is known, was signed to the Mitsubishi-Jartazi team for the 2008 season, but was released from his contract after being named as a customer of a Belgian drug gang. That charge wasn't the only difficulty of the season as one month previous, the UCI made the team's wild card status contingent on Vandenbroucke not racing any ProTour events.
After going through eight teams in as many years, twodrugs busts, a published autobiography and an attempted suicide, VDB said that he is serious about making his comeback. "I am currently doing everything to be a racer again."