Friday, October 11, 2013

Statement from Michele Acquarone, Giro d'Italia Director (Suspended)

Michele Acquarone, Managing Director at RCS Sports (owner of the Giro d'Italia, MSR, Il Lombardia, +), was suspended earlier this month as a precautionary, "non-disciplinary", measure while an investigation of a shortfall of 13 million euro is investigated.

He was not present at the 2014 Giro d'Italia presentation on Monday, October 7th.

Today he tweeted "If you love the @giroditalia and you believe in me, please RT. Se ami il @giroditalia e credi in me, per favore RT" followed by this (if you have trouble reading click here):
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" I have dedicated fourteen years of my life to the RCS Group, the last five of which I spent working tirelessly on strengthening and growing RCS Sport.

As director of Giro d’Italia, I sought to develop the prestige of this event as part of Italy’s heritage and for cycling fans all over the world. Looking at the results, I would say that I have succeeded.

It was much to my frustration however that I could not participate in the presentation of that which I consider one of my most accomplished creations, the 2014 Giro d’Italia, and I apologize to all the friends I could not meet with.

Those who know me, are well aware that my professional style is based on three key concepts: fairness, respect and dialogue.

Those who know me, also know that I hold the trust of fans and of people involved in the industry, at the center of my heart, and if today I can benefit from such trust, it is because I have always worked with greatest transparency and honesty, as well as with total dedication and loyalty to the RCS Group.

For the ties linking me to Giro fans and to the people involved in the industry, I want to strongly reassure everyone of my non-involvement in the matters that have been reported in the mass media over the last few days.

Today the life of a company is permanently marked in time, and I am certain that all the facts will soon be completely clarified.

I only dream about the day I can return to my team, and get back to working towards the 2014 Giro d’Italia, with even greater enthusiasm than that which has driven me over these years.

Thank you for your support, and see you soon.

Michele Acquarone"

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1 comment:

  1. Larry writes - While I understand Acquarone's sitting at home with nothing to do, taking his case to the twitterverse smacks of desperation. Perhaps he should get a bicycle and ride it instead? This mess is going to play out one way or another, it's hard to see how tweets are going to make any difference to those who must decide his fate. BRING BACK ZOMEGNAN!