Last week, Liberty Seguros-Würth team manager Manolo Saiz along with six of his charges travelled Stateside to Boston, Massachusetts, the purpose of the trip to visit the central headquarters of first sponsor Liberty Mutual, to take part in a charity ride and to see their American fans.
On Friday, Saiz took advantage of their proximity to Boston's Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Alberto Contador and Luis León Sanchez spent an intense day of work doing wind tunnel testing, experimenting with new materials and various positions on the bike. Saturday's charity ride, the 'Rodman Ride for Kids', was attended by Contador and Sanchez as well as Joseba Beloki, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Marcos Serrano, where 3,000 participants got a chance to ride with their Spanish stars, with the funds raised donated to help children in need.
The stay in Boston concluded with a visit to Liberty Mutual's head offices, where the members of the team were warmly received by Liberty Mutual Chairman, President and CEO Ted Kelly and Executive VP Tom Ramey. Both emphasised the sporting successes of the team and the excellent advertising yield the team's presence had given the company throughout the world. The Liberty Seguros-Würth men then said goodbye to the fans of New England with a long session of autographs at the Wheelworks bike shop, considered one of the biggest in the country with an annual invoicing said to be close to 80 million dollars.