By Susan Westemeyer
With training camps about to open and the start of the new season in sight, it's no wonder that the rumour mill has started up again. It spit out a big one on Sunday, as Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Caisse d'Epargne's Alejandro Valverde was expected to sign with T-Mobile shortly. The paper claimed that T-Mobile manager Bob Stapleton was in Madrid for the signing, and that he had negotiated an end to Valverde's contract with the Spanish squad.
But the defending ProTour champ won't be wearing magenta this year: T-Mobile spokesman Stefan Wagner denied the transfer and told Cyclingnews: "These are only rumours which are not true."