Earlier this year, Danilo Di Luca received a two-year ban for his positive test at the 2009 Giro d'Italia. The 34-year-old is now already looking forward to his comeback and has even signed a deal with Lampre - Farnese Vini.
According to TuttoBiciWeb, Di Luca told Alessandra De Stefano on RaiSport:
"There's a good chance that I can begin racing again as soon as this year, and that's why I'm training every day. I already have a contract signed with Lampre, and I trust that within a month the CAS (Court of Arbitration in Sport) will deliver its opinion [on his case]. I am very optimistic."
Di Luca's ban normally runs through July 21, 2011, but he thinks he can prove his innoncence to the CAS before the end of the season.
If Di Luca actually joins Lampre - Farnese Vini, he will have to share the leadership at the Giro d'Italia with Damiano Cunego.