Madariaga plays down suggestion of Euskaltel exit

The Spanish Euskaltel-Euskadi team.

The Spanish Euskaltel-Euskadi team. (Image credit: Elmar Krings)

Miguel Madariaga has played down concerns that Euskaltel may withdraw from sponsoring the Basque team when their current deal runs out at the end of 2012. Responding to the suggestion made earlier this week by Euskaltel president José Antonio Ardanza that he viewed the continuation of his company’s backing of the cycling team as “difficult”, Madariaga, the president of the Fundación Euskadi that administers the team, said he expected Euskaltel to widen its commitment with the squad from 2013

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).