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Caisse d'Epargne here to stay

The new co-sponsor of Illes Balears, French bank group Caisse d'Epargne, is reported to have long-term ambitions in professional cycling. Caisse d'Epargne signed a six-year contract with the Balearic team as a co-financier, but will become its main sponsor in 2007, according to French website Eusebio Unzue and José-Miguel Echavarri can therefore be assured about the backing of their team until 2010. In two year's time, the jersey colours of Illes Balears will change to Caisse d'Epargne's red and grey corporate design, with the logo of a stylised squirrel already on the team's jersey's now.