By Susan Westemeyer and Monika Prell
Another rider named in Operación Puerto has found a new team for the 2007 season. Professional Continental Team Relax-Gam Fuenlabrada has announced that it has signed Oscar Sevilla. The Spanish rider, who was suspended by Team T-Mobile shortly before the start of the Tour de France and was subsequently fired, signed the contract early on Saturday, and will be introduced at the team's presentation Monday at noon in the city of Fuenlabrada.
Sevilla confirmed to todociclismo.com that he has signed with Relax. "It is a one-year contract and it is all set. I hope to be in Mallorca this week." He hopes to be able to race as soon as possible, "which is what I want more than anything at the moment."
The team is also rumoured to be interested in a former T-Mobile teammate of Sevilla's - Jan Ullrich, who was also suspended and let go by his squad after being named in the Spanish doping affair. The press agency Europe Press reported that Relax has made him an offer to become the team's captain, but Michael Lang, Ullrich spokesman, refused to comment to Cyclingnews.
Other members of the Relax-Gam Fuenlabrada include Jan Hruska, Francisco Mancebo and Santiago Perez, who has recently returned to cycling after sitting out a two-year ban for blood doping.