By Antonio J. Salmeron
After 3 Molinos Resort manager Josefina Alcaráz previously assured the media the team's "firm intention of continuity, despite a drastic reduction in size and operating expenses", their credibility fell through yesterday when they announced an end to the team.
Spanish Professional Cyclists Association president Jose Rodriguez, accompanied by a jurist, travelled to Murcia to speak with Alcaraz and lawyer Angel Hernandez, where the definitive terms of the settlement were carried out.
Those affected are 22 cyclists, three technical staff, a sports director and a doctor. After almost five hours of discussion, it was unanimously decided the team should be disbanded, with the cyclists to receive three months' advance payment, and leaving them free to negotiate new contracts.
"It is a pity they were not able to guarantee the continuity of the squad. We have done our part and I think one has reached a good agreement," said Rodriguez to El Faro de Murcia.
Alcaráz echoed these comments, adding, "From now on, we are going to work on returning shortly to the world of the cycling, but with a total reconstruction and the objective of not falling into the errors that were previously committed."
"In addition," said Alcaráz, "we have the intention to create a new system of management and our vision is to create a young group with the commitment to work in a clean sport. We have a renewed vision and we think a lot can be done in this sport."