Manuel Piñera, president of Active Bay, the company managing Spanish Liberty Seguros team, has announced his resignation yesterday. Following the positive doping test of Roberto Heras, Piñera leaves the team in apparent disagreement with directeur sportif Manolo Saiz.
"I'm leaving because there are things I do not agree with, and that I cannot change, despite my position as president," Piñera told Spanish newspaper As, which reported that the Spaniard did not want to condone the way in which the team management treated the doping case of Heras, which held only the rider responsible for the scandal. Piñera will therefore sell his shares of the company (56 percent) to the other two shareholders, Manolo Saiz and Pablo Antón.
"It would be logical if Manolo and Pablo would by them," Piñera continued. "We three started this project together." Moreover, the sponsorship by the American Insurance company Liberty seems to be secure. "I'm certain that the sponsorship will continue, and I'm certain that we have the best team in the world," the outgoing president of the squad concluded.