Tour of Italy winner Danilo Di Luca, currently suspended by the Italian Olympic Committee over his connection with a doping scandal, has just signed a one-year contract with the LPR team.
In October the 31-year-old was suspended for three months following a scandal in Italy in which he was accused of having worked with Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, who is under investigation for allegedly supplying banned substances to Italian sportsmen.
"My aims will be the classics in the first half of the season and the Giro if we're invited," said Di Luca, who also won this year's Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.
LPR have already recruited Italian Paolo Savoldelli, the 2002 and 2005 Tour of Italy winner, for next season.
"We couldn't dream of anything better," said team manager Fabio Bordonali.
Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Jared Bunde, a 31-year-old American cyclist, was given a two-year doping ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Tuesday after testing positive for the banned substance clomiphene.
Bunde, a member of the GS Mengoni Cycling team, tested positive July 28 at the International Cycling Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His two-year ban began October 15, the day he accepted a provisional suspension.
As a result of testing positive for the anti-estrogenic drug, Bunde forfeits all results since July 28, including his US National Track Championship 30-kilometer points race triumph August 28 at Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.
Also wiped out was Bunde's sixth-place overall finish and third-place points effort at the Vuelta a Nicaragua, which included a victory in stage five on September 8.