By Antonio J. Salmerón At the start of today's opening stage of the Euskal Bizikleta in Spain, Würth...
Begins Euskal Bizikleta minus Sanchez
By Antonio J. SalmerÃ³n
At the start of today's opening stage of the Euskal Bizikleta in Spain, WÃ¼rth rider Luis LeÃ³n Sanchez did not join his teammates in Eibar. Instead, the team was comprised of Joseba Beloki, David Etxebarria, Aaron Kemps, Aitor Osa, JosÃ© Antonio Redondo, Carlos AbellÃ¡n, Assan Bazayev and Angel Vicioso, who were wearing white-painted gear with WÃ¼rth logos on their clothing.
Press officer Jacinto Vidarte denied speculation that team manager Manolo SÃ¡iz had reached an agreement with a company known as Kazajan Oil, but did confirm negotiations were taking place: "We are working on this, but there is nothing concrete," he said.
Likewise, Vidarte denied any truth behind now sole sponsor WÃ¼rth issuing SÃ¡iz an ultimatum if the team were left out of the ProTour as a consequence of 'Operation Puerto': "It was a supposition more than a reality, because we have not [had] any warning in this sense."
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February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
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February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in OperaciÃ³n Puerto
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