Team LPR signs Marinangeli

Team LPR, the new team of Giro d'Italia champions Danilo Di Luca and Paolo Savoldelli, have signed Sergio Marinangeli for 2008 according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The 27 year-old from Gualdo Tadino, Italy, rode for Aurum Hotels in 2007.

Marinangeli, professional since 2003, finished second in a stage one of the Giro d'Abruzzo last year, the same race where he was stopped due to an elevated hematocrit reading revealed in a pre-race anti-doping control. It was not the first time for LPR's new recruit, winner of the 2006 GP Beghelli, had returned a high hematocrit reading; in March 2005, the then Naturino rider was stopped from competing in the Coppi e Bartali.

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