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Pradera to Benfica

By:
Antonio J. Salmerón
Published:
November 18, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:36 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for November 18, 2006

By Antonio J. Salmerón Mikel Pradera reached a contractual agreement with the powerful Portuguese...

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Mikel Pradera reached a contractual agreement with the powerful Portuguese squad Benfica. The Spaniard had left Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears after two seasons. Prior to Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears, Pradera raced for Euskaltel and ONCE-Eroski.

Team Benifica will be directed by Orlando Rodrigues. The squad had already signed three other riders come: Jose Antonio Pecharromán (from Comunitat Valenciana), the sprinter Javier Benítez (from Grupo Nicolás Mateos), and the neo-professional Didac Ortega (from FC Barcelona). Portuguese rider Jose Azevedo (from Discovery Channel) will head this new pro-continental squad. Other possible team members include Jesús Buendía, now with 3 Molinos Resort.

Benfica will tackle an international calendar, but will mainly race in Spain and France. Vuelta a Andalucia, Vuelta a Valencia, and Vuelta a Murcia are on the list of candidate races.

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