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Riccardo Ricco fired by Dutch team

Updated: February 19, 2011, 11:17 AM ET
Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Cyclist Riccardo Ricco was fired by his Dutch team Saturday following an inquiry into allegations the Italian transfused his own blood.

Vacansoleil-DCM suspended Ricco a week ago and said it dismissed him for undisclosed "breaches of internal rules" and "other signals." The team said Ricco had been given a chance to defend himself.

Ricco signed with Vacansoleil this season after serving a 20-month ban for doping at the 2008 Tour de France.

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