June 09, 2006
Saiz out at Astaná-Würth
Manolo Saiz is stepping aside to try to save his team's shot at the Tour de France.
Saiz, part owner and director of the team, formerly Liberty Seguros-Würth, and about to debut their new Astaná-Würth kit at the Tour de Suisse, said he didn't want to damage his team or Spanish cycling.
"I've taken the decision to guarantee the continuation of the team and welfare of cycling in general,'' Saiz told sports daily Marca.
Here's the original Marca.com article (in Spanish | Google English translation), and an interview with Neil Stephens on the three-headed monster (Stephens, Marino Lejarreta, and Herminio Diaz Zabala) taking over for Saiz (original in Spanish | Google English translation).
VeloNews has Saiz resigning, but ProCycling says he's only temporarily stepping aside "until 'the facts are definitively established about the events in which he has been involved'."
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