By Monika Prell and Sue George
Saunier Duval-Prodir renewed the contracts of 27 year-old José Ángel Gómez Marchante and 22 year-old Alberto Fernández de la Puebla for two more years.
Gómez Marchante has had the best results of his professional career while on the squad. In his two years with Saunier Duval-Prodir, he's place fifth in the 2006 Vuelta a España and won the 2006 Vuelta al País Vasco (ITT and overall GC) and the 2007 Subida a Urkiola. The latter victory came just a few weeks ago.
After his bold solo move in Wednesday's Vuelta stage five, Gómez Marchante, said, "It [the renewal -ed.] shows "Matxin" and the whole team have always trusted me. I'd like to thank them for their support both in words and on my wheels, as I've always done."
Climber Fernández de la Puebla, who turned pro in 2006, joined the yellow-clad team last year. Following his good results at the Euskal Bizikleta and the Vuelta a Asturias, where he scored his first stage wins as a professional, the team gave him a more satisfactory contract for the next two years. He already had a contract until the end of 2008.