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Escobar to lead Nicolá

But wait, there's more. Olympic medalist Sergi Escobar will form part of a new Spanish continental team called Nicolá, managed by former Spanish road selector José Luís de Santos. The team is youth-oriented with a mixture of pro's and neo-pro's.

Alongside Escobar, there will be a former Relax rider Javier Benítez, and neo-pro's Javier Moreno (ex-Avilas Rojas) and Víctor García (ex-Alfus Tedes), who are the Spanish national road champions in the U23 and Elite divisions, respectively.

The Nicolá team will compete in both the national and international arenas, aiming for starts in the Vuelta a Sao Paulo, Vuelta a Portugal, Tour of Britain and Circuit de la Sarthe. Escobar himself will aim for the individual pursuit at the 2006 World Track Championships, hoping to better his silver medal of 2005 and repeat his gold medal winning performance in that discipline in the 2004 World's.

Courtesy of Antonio J. Salmerón

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