By Antonio J. Salmerón The newly re-formed Grupo Nicolás Mateos-Murcia Professional Continental Team...
By Antonio J. SalmerÃ³n
The newly re-formed Grupo NicolÃ¡s Mateos-Murcia Professional Continental Team will be on the roads next season with 16 riders. It will be led by climbers JosÃ© Miguel ElÃas and JuliÃ¡n SÃ¡nchez, coming from the Relax-GAM, and the ex-AndalucÃa-Cajasur rider Manuel VÃ¡zquez.
In addition, the Spanish squad will count with promising riders such as JosÃ© Herrada Lopez (from ViÃ±a Magna-Cropu), Javier Etxarri Marin and Eloy Teruel Rovira (Grupo NicolÃ¡s Mateos), Oleg Chuzhda (Fuerteventura-Canarias), and neo-professionals Sergio DomÃnguez (U-23/Soctec), RubÃ©n Reig (U-23/WÃ¼rth) and Rafael Serrano (U-23/Saunier Duval). The Grupo NicolÃ¡s Mateos-Murcia is completed by Alberto Rodriguez Oliver (ViÃ±a Magna-Cropu), JesÃºs BuendÃa (Barbot-Halcon), JosÃ© Carlos LÃ³pez (U-23/Soctec) and Jorge SÃ¡nchez Pimienta. It will be directed by GinÃ©s GarcÃa and Manuel LÃ³pez.
The team has as its main goals the Vuelta a Valencia and the Vuelta a Murcia, in which it will try to convince Unipublic that it deserves a wildcard spot for the 2008 Vuelta a EspaÃ±a.
Spanish Professional Continental Team Extremadura will be led by the local Rodrigo GarcÃa (from Fuerteventura-Canarias), who will be mainly supported by Carlos Torrent (ViÃ±a Magna-Cropu), Jaume Rovira (Elite/DiputaciÃ³n LeÃ³n) and Aitor PÃ©rez Arrieta (Caisse d'Epargne). Ignacio Sarabia Diaz Sarabia, Jesus Ramirez Torres, Josu Mondelo, JosÃ© Antonio Arroyo Ramirez, Israel PÃ©rez, Sergio Herrero and Ãngel Rodriguez have been renewed by Team Manager Alfonso RodrÃguez.
Also joining the team are Xabat Ochotorena (Orbea-Laukiz F.T.), Jaime GarcÃa, Francisco Terciado Sacedo (Relax-GAM) and Gonzalo Zambrano.
The team management will announce the second sponsorship in the following days. Obviously, being based in Granada, the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a is its main goal in 2008.