Jose Rujano, winner of the 2005 Giro d'Italia mountains classification and third in the general classification, has parted ways with his Quick.Step-Innergetic team. The team management and the rider have mutually agreed to immediately terminate his contract. The Venezuelan climber left his Selle-Italia team for the ProTour squad, but never lived up to the promise of his spectacular performance in the 2005 Giro. Rujano started this year's Giro d'Italia, only to abandon the race on the final climb of stage 13 after showing some of his former spark.
"I want to say thanks to the riders and the staff of the Quick Step-Innergetic team," said Rujano. "Unfortunately, I haven’t succeeded in reaching the objectives that I was me preset with the team because of some personal problems that have conditioned my season. I wish the team all the best for the next season."
The team did confirm that Cedric Vasseur will ride out his last season as a professional with Quick.Step before he retires at the end of the 2007 season.