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Pino settles accounts

Alvaro Pino & his team

Alvaro Pino & his team (Image credit: Xacobeo Galicia)

It took almost half a year, but Xacobeo Galicia's director sportif Alvaro Pino settled an outstanding account when he hosted Gustavo Cesar Veloso, his teammates and the team's support staff for a succulent, celebratory meal.

"I had promised to host dinner in the case of win at the Volta a Catalunya," said Pino.

Gustavo Cesar Veloso did just that when he won the 88th edition of the ProTour race held from May 19-25. Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne) and Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole) rounded out the top three. At the time, the Xacobeo Galicia was known as the Karpin Galicia squad.

On the menu for the festive dinner were seafood pie, beef and octopus and plenty of wine for everyone courtesy of the wine cellar of the family of team masseur Roberto Portela Vieira. Given the time of year, Pino didn't seem to mind the extra indulgences by his riders while enjoying the festive repast.