Nippo-Vini Fantini has Friday, the Spaniard Juan José Lobato contracted. Lobato, who in december was fired by the Dutch WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo, signed by the Italian procontinentale team for a contract until the end of 2018, with an option on an extra season.
The 29-year-old Lobato, a sprinter from the second row, which in the past was good for stage wins in the Tour of Wallonie, the Tour of Burgos, Tour Down Under and Tour of Dubai, was at the end of 2017 dismissed at LottoNL-Jumbo for the use of sedatives during the training camp of the Dutch team in Girona.
Lobato swallowed together with the young Dutch Antwan Tolhoek (22) and Pascal Eenkhoorn (20) the sleeping pills Noctamid and Stilnoct, in combination with the use of snustabak. The trio was then in a deplorable condition to be hospitalized. The next day they were home sent. Lobato was summarily dismissed, Tolhoek and Eenkhoorn received a suspension of two months.
At Nippo-Vini Fantini get Lobato, among others, the Italian old-Girowinnaar Damiano Cunego as a team mate.