Arroyo extends contract with Caisse d'Epargne

Tour start likely as Arroyo lines up for sixth season with Spanish squad

David Arroyo has signed a one-year contract renewal with Caisse d'Epargne that will see him race with the team through 2010, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The 29-year-old, who finished 11th overall in this year's Giro d'Italia, signed the extension on Monday and said he looked forward to his sixth season with the squad.

"I am delighted to continue another year with the team," Arroyo told Marca. "Both myself and the team are very happy. We will work together to achieve the best results possible. It has been easy to reach an agreement and we'll continue our relationship for another year."

Arroyo has enjoyed his most successful season with Caisse d'Epargne this year. He finished 11th overall at the Giro d'Italia and last month took a stage win at the Tour of Limousin, where he finished second overall.

This year, for the fourth year in a row, Arroyo was part of Caisse d'Epargne's squad at the Tour de France and although he is yet to confirm his programme for 2010, he expects the French Grand Tour to form part of his schedule.

"In terms of a programme for next year, [the team and I] have not sat down to make any formal decisions," he said. "We've signed new riders, so we'll wait to see how the team works together and can be competitive. But everything seems to point towards me taking part in the Tour, as I have since I arrived at the team in 2005."

Arroyo's best performance at the Tour de France was 13th overall in 2007.

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