Danilo Di Luca has signed an agreement to ride for the Italian professional continental team Acqua & Sapone for 2012. Di Luca returns to Italy after a disappointing season with the Russian Katusha team. 2011 was Di Luca’s first season back after a 2-year suspension for EPO use in the 2009 Giro d’Italia. Di Luca who will be 36 on January 2, 2012, has three goals for 2012: the Giro d’Italia, Italian classics and, if the team is invited, the Belgian classics. Before he was suspended Di Luca rode for top Italian teams Saeco (2002-2004), Liquigas (2005-2007) and LPR (2008-2009).
Di Luca is the third acquisition for Acqua & Sapone for next season, after Francesco Ginnani (Androni Giocatollo) and Francesco Reda (Quick Step).