Former Relax-GAM rider, Óscar García-Casarrubios, has signed with the Spaniard Murcia-AMPO for 2009. Having spent this year with Supermercados Froizon in the Galicia region of Spain, the 24-year-old will return to the professional peloton having raced for the now-defunct Relax pro squad for two seasons – 2006 and 2007.
García-Casarrubios performed well this season, winning the Vuelta a Galicia, the Vuelta a la Comunidad Aragonesa and the Vuelta a Coruña, in addition to a third-place finish in the Vuelta a Salamanca overall classification.
Having been born in Ciudad Real, García-Casarrubios was negotiating with the Xacobeo-Galicia team but decided upon Murcia-Ampo instead. The Pro Continental squad also boasts some other promising talent, with Rafael Serrano (fifth in the European U23 time trial championship), Sergio Domínguez and Ruben Reig amongst its ranks. (AS)