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Ivanov and Fanini sign first DNA contract

Ruslan Ivanov in 2005 with Domina Vacanze

Ruslan Ivanov in 2005 with Domina Vacanze (Image credit: Shane Stokes)

Ivano Fanini of Amore & Vita-McDonald's has added Ruslan Ivanov for the 2007 season and by doing so the rider became the first to sign a contract where DNA testing is obligatory. The signature follows from a decision by the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP), who asked that the riders authorize the UCI to collect their DNA samples, and, with the start of 2007, any new professionals to automatically authorize the collection of their DNA.

"This time there is something more; Ivanov is the first rider in the world to signed a contract with an obligatory clause for submitting DNA," explained Fanini to "... He demonstrated right away to be available and made his seriousness clear. I hope this will be an example for all the other riders who will be racing for us in 2007, since whoever wants to wear our jersey has to accept this clause."

"Ruslan has given a lot in his career and I am sure that the best is yet to come." The team also will form part of a reality show in Italy, Fanini explained, "Also, I think that he will be a good personality for the reality show in which we will be a part of."

Last racing for Domina Vacanze in 2005, the rider from Moldavia found himself without a team for 2006 and was left focusing on mountain bike racing. "I was calm at Domina," recalled the 32 year-old. "Then I heard there was not space for me in Milram. I had a verbal contract with Giancarlo Ferretti for SonyEricsson, but we all know how that turned out."

"Thanks to Ivano and Cristian Fanini for giving me a chance to redeem myself. ... Now I can't wait for the time to return and demonstrate the real Ruslan Ivanov."

The Italian team with a Polish license has also confirmed the renewal of Lithuanian Dainius Kairelis.