Christophe Moreau, France's best Tour rider in recent years, will leave Crédit Agricole at the end of the year, according to L'Equipe. Moreau, who finished 11th in this year's Tour, has ridden for Roger Legeay's squad since the start of 2002. His team announced that he would be departing them, but his future squad is not yet known.
Moreau was annoyed with Crédit Agricole's secret interest in signing Alexandre Vinokourov, who has now gone to Liberty Seguros. But Legeay - although not pleased with Moreau's comments either - maintained that this had nothing to do with the separation. "The two files are different," he told L'Equipe. "We met with the agents of Christophe in Pau, where they demanded for us to continue for two more years under the same conditions. Now, I give my response after consulting with the technical staff and the directors of the team."