A little on Liberty's René Andrle

Starting out his sporting life as a hockey player, Liberty Seguros' Czech rider René Andrle soon realised he was a better cyclist, and at 10 years old, he was sent to a special cycling school to further develop his talent.

Now aged 31 and currently riding the Giro d'Italia in support of Michele Scarponi, Andrle is entering his fifth year under the direction of the same team manager, Manolo Saiz. Through his compatriot, friend, and fellow team-mate Jan Hruska, he was offered a place at ONCE at the beginning of 2001 after two seasons with local team Wüstenrot-ZVVZ, and has been with Saiz ever since.

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