By Antonio J. Salmerón
José Enrique Gutierrez, who finished in second in the 2006 Giro d'Italia, wants to return to the Corsa Rosa. "In the Giro I have always obtained good results," said the 32 year-old Spaniard to Cyclingnews. "In fact, after the experience of the last edition, when I demonstrated that I was able to reach the podium, I want to return to fight for a repeat, although it will be a very difficult task."
José Enrique and his brother, Ignacio, have reach a verbal agreement with Davide Boifava, who will head the new Italian pro-continental team, a fusion from Androni Giocattoli-3C Casalinghi and Team LPR.
"It does not matter to me if I sign with a pro-continental team, because what the most important thing for me is to recover from the illusion [of Operación Puerto] and to return to compete again," José Enrique continued. He was dropped from Phonak after being linked to the Operación Puerto investigation. "I am one of the most harmed by this nonsense," Gutierrez concluded.