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by Shane Stokes
May 3, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: UCI asks Giro organisers to drop controversial descending competition; Giro d’Italia names Mortirolo the Scarponi Climb as a tribute; Acquarone moving on with career, but says he’s still awaiting justice over Giro dismissal; Dumoulin pledges patience in Grand Tour ambitions, also wants to target Roubaix; Ambitious Jungels to return to Giro one year after making history; Three North Americans on Cannondale-Drapac Giro squad; Woods to make Grand Tour debut; Girdlestone’s comeback continues with Grafton to Inverell participation; Namibian national MTB champion Costa Seibeb dies in accident; Hammer Series finalises teams for Sportzone Limburg Pro Race; Strava announces new feature to shift app towards social network functionality; Video: Alaska or Bus’t – Mountain Bike Road Trip with Andrew Taylor; Video: Western Australia’s Joey Graham nails a backflip instead of racing.
Fired three and a half years ago from his role as Giro d’Italia race director, Michele Acquarone has said that progress is being made in the court case relating to financial irregularities at RCS Sport. However he fears that a long wait could be in store before the full truth emerges.
Speaking to CyclingTips, the 45 year old Italian reaffirmed his innocence and said that he was looking forward to the case unearthing more details about how 17 million euro went missing.
“Last November the trial was supposed to start but it didn’t,” he said in recent days. “It was postponed many times. I know that last Friday [April 21], for the very first time during the trial a witness was listened to. The witness was Mr [Riccardo] Taranto, the new RCS Media Group CFO. He was the first person who spoke during the process.
“I spoke with my lawyers and they said it was a very long interview. A lot of questions and a lot of answers. He spent one day just to speak about the case. And now maybe everything will be a little bit faster.
“But when I say faster, it means that it is very difficult that something will be clear before 2018. It means that probably I have to wait four or five years to understand what was going on.”
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