Pérez gives Caisse d'Epargne another option

Francisco Pérez's sixth place in the opening time trial of the Giro d'Italia was described as a "nice surprise" by his Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears team. The 27 year-old Spaniard, who returned to competition in 2005 after an 18 month suspension for EPO use, is focused on doing well again.

"To tell you the truth, when we went to reconnoitre the course, I immediately understood that I had a good chance to do well, but to think that I would be able to realise such a time, similar to that of Ivan Gutiérrez and some other specialists, that was a jump! Anyway I am entirely satisfied with my performance."

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