By Antonio J. Salmerón
The imminent goodbye of the 3 Molinos Resort-Murcia Turística team has been confirmed after El Faro de Murcia published that 12 of its 20 riders and two technicians will be sacked due to "under performance", according to a letter sent by 3 Molinos Resort to some of the riders.
The team's collapse was precipitated by the the Santos González affair in the Vuelta a Murcia 2006. González tested positive for a banned 'therapeutic' substance, which was not in his health booklet. Thus, he was stripped of his overall victory in the race. That was enough for 3 Molinos Resort to reconsider its sponsorship, as well as claiming that the team hadn't returned on investment. The company also wrote that it is necessary "to reconstruct" cycling in order to assure its continuity in the future.
Several of the team's riders received the letter informing them of their dismissal on Tuesday of last week. These riders are considering legal action.