By Antonio J. Salmerón
Luis Pérez is still waiting for a convincing reason why Cofidis decided not to renew his contract. The Spaniard was the highest placed Cofidis rider in this year's Vuelta a España, finishing 10th overall.
"They only said to me that they do not want any Spanish rider in Cofidis, but later they renegotiated with Bingen Fernández, and it pleasingly surprised me ... " the Pérez explained to Cyclingnews.
The Spaniard considered, with his palmarès, "I have receive offers from ProTour squads, but they are making small offers. I have been competing more than ten seasons, and I am not prepared to continue at any price," Pérez noted. "Relax is the unique team that has offered a worthy contract to me, which I will end up accepting if we can arrive at an agreement ... they are assured of participation in the Vuelta, as well as in other stage races and classics."