By Antonio J. Salmerón
Haimar Zubeldia has re-signed with ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi until 2008. Euskaltel-Euskadi general manager, Miguel Madariaga and technical secretary Igor González de Galdeano were on hand at yesterday's announcement in Guipúzcoa, Spain. Zubeldia has renewed the contract with his Spanish team after making his professional debut with the outfit in 1998. The Spaniard finished ninth in this year's Tour de France.
The team also announced that Dioni Galpasoro has signed a contract to ride with the outfit until 2008. Galpasoro joins the team after two seasons with the now defunct Spanish professional squad Kaiku.
Meanwhile, Euskaltel-Euskadi management isn't sure of Iban Mayo's future within the team. "Mayo is more and more far from Euskaltel, but not by our part," explained Madariaga. Unconfirmed reports have claimed the Spaniard has held preliminary discussions with Joxean Fernandez Matxin, the director of Saunier Duval Prodir.