The Vuelta a Chihuahua, the Mexican stage race which held its second edition this summer, will become the first race to sponsor a ProTour team. The race has signed on to sponsor the Saunier Duval team of 2007 stage one winner Javier Mejías, who marked his first professional win in Mexico. The team also indicated it would announce another new sponsor in coming days, which would help offset reduced sponsorship by former co-title sponsor Prodir
The 2008 team will have its first gathering this weekend in the Atlantic coastal town of Noja, Cantabria in Spain. Twenty-six riders will get together for the first time, including the seven newcomers: Josep Jufré, Denis Flahaut, Aurelien Passeron, Eros Capecchi, Beñat Intxausti, Ermanno Capelli, and Héctor González.