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Pieri leaves Team LPR

Dario Pieri (LPR) at a training ride in January 2006

Dario Pieri (LPR) at a training ride in January 2006 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Swiss Continental Pro Team LPR has announced on Friday, March 31, that Dario Pieri has officially resigned his contract with the squad. Speaking of a "decision that was taken in full responsibility", the rider "retained not being able to fullfill the expectations laid on him by the team, which had given him the greatest possible trust since the beginning of the season."

Pieri will therefore not line-up at the next edition of Paris-Roubaix. "For the team, it is an important loss," continued the statement of the team, which had just also announced its wildcard invitation to the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse. "The team will nevertheless take the best possible rider roster to the French Classic to honour the prestigious sporting event."

It is not yet known if Pieri's move also means the end of his career as a professional bike racer. The Italian is 30 years old; his most important victory was the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in 2002.

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