TORINO, Italy (VN) – Giro d’Italia favorite Vicenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) has denied links to controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari.
Nibali sent out an official communiqué Saturday on the eve of the Giro d’Italia to clarify statements he made in an interview in the weekly glossy magazine published by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday.
A reporter questioned Nibali about a long-running dispute dating back two years involving Ivan Fanini, manager of the Amore e Vita team, who accused Nibali of working with Ferrari.
“I firmly reiterate that falseness of the accusations directed against me of any relation with Michele Ferrari,” Nibali said in a team communiqué. “I also confirm that I have sued Fanini for making these statements and that I am waiting for the resolution of that case.”
In the interview, Nibali said that Fanini contacted Liquigas-Cannondale team manager Roberto Amadio and allegedly demanding money or that he would release photos of Nibali with Ferrari.
In Saturday’s communiqué, Nibali clarified that Fanini did not ask for money in the phone conversation with Amadio, but also said that Fanini has never produced any pictures.
“There are no pictures because Nibali does not work with Ferrari. He never has had any contact with him,” Liquigas team spokesman Paolo Barbieri told VeloNews. “This is an old story and Nibali has taken action in court against Fanini. There is no truth to the accusations and there are no photos. We are waiting for a favorable resolution to this issue.”