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Serrano leaves Karpin-Galicia

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Spaniard Marcos Serrano will no longer be a part of the Karpin-Galicia team. The contract linking the veteran rider with the Professional Continental squad for the season 2008 has been mutually terminated. The 35-year-old had signed a two year contract at the end of the 2006 season, but carried around the baggage of the Operación Puerto affair by virtue of being part of the Liberty Seguros/Astana Würth team which was excluded from the 2006 Tour de France.

The 2005 Tour de France stage winner was thanked for his contribution to the team by the Funcación de Ciclismo Galego, but the end of this contract will most likely spell the end of Serrano's 13-year professional career.

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