By Antonio J. Salmerón
The Grupo Nicolás Mateos has decided to stop sponsoring the Pro Continental squad of the same name, but the local government will take over the charge of the team's budget, as announced today at a news conference in the capital city of Murcia, Spain. The Spanish squad, until now named Grupo Nicolás Mateos-Murcia, will count on the full economic support of Murcian government, although it negotiates the incorporation of other sponsors, such as Rudy Project. They will have Ridley bikes and Inverse wear.
Among its sixteen riders, Adrián Palomares (Fuerteventura-Canarias), Manuel Vázquez (Andalucía-Cajasur), Julián Sánchez Pimienta and José Miguel Elías (Relax) stand out, under orders of Ginés García. In addition to the professional team, there are two other more in the Junior and U23 categories.
To gain a wildcard for the Vuelta a España will continue being the team's main goal in 2008. The Clásica de Almeria, Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana and Vuelta a la Region de Murcia will be its next races.