Calvente signs with Andalucía

Manuel Calvente (Contentpolis Murcia) before the start

Manuel Calvente (Contentpolis Murcia) before the start (Image credit: Vincent Didelot)

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Spain's Manuel Calvente, 32, reached a contractual agreement for 2009 with Professional Continental Team Andalucía-Cajasur. The rider from Granada raced this season for Contentpolis-Murcia and captured overall victory in the Vuelta a La Rioja.

"I had a great time with Contentpolis-Murcia this year, because I felt well. It was like a family. But now I did not want to miss the opportunity to ride in my region's professional squad, Andalucía-Cajasur," Calvente told to Cyclingnews.

His other results for 2008 include second place in the 'queen' stage of the Vuelta a La Rioja, sixth in the Subida al Naranco and eighth in the Subida a Urkiola. He explained that he will "work very hard" to race in the 2009 Vuelta a España.

Calvente made debut in 2002 with Team CSC-Tiscali, where he raced for four seasons. In 2006, the Spaniard joined Agritubel for two years. He joined Contentpolis-Murcia at the beginning of this season.

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