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Riccò wins in Italy

Bad boy Riccardo Riccò is back in the winner’s circle following victory in Saturday’s third stage at the Settimana Lombarda in Italy.

Riccò won for the first time since testing positive for CERA during the 2008 Tour de France. The Cermica Flaminia rider out-kicked Michele Scarponi (Androni) and Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) to win the short, 125km stage into Lumezzane.

Riccò remained unapologetic following his doping scandal at the 2008 Tour de France, yet only served a 20-month racing ban after he apparently cooperated with investigators and offered up the goods on where he got his dope.

Scarponi, who admitted his role in the Operación Puerto doping scandal in Spain, retained his overall leader’s jersey that he’s held since winning the opening prologue and by finishing second in the stage.

Riccò climbed into second overall at 16 seconds back, with Carrara third at 26 seconds back.

The race continues Sunday with the 152.8km fourth stage in a circuit course at Grumello del Monte. The course features two climbs, including the 400-meter Gondosso climb less than 3km from the finish line.

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