Belda ready to quit cycling

Having had their wild card entries to the Tour and the Vuelta withdrawn, Comunitat Valenciana boss V

Having had their wild card entries to the Tour and the Vuelta withdrawn, Comunitat Valenciana boss V

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Comunitat Valenciana team manager Vicente Belda has reaffirmed that he is ready to quit the sport after his team's wild card entries to the Tour and Vuelta were withdrawn, which in turn led his sponsor to announce they are pulling their backing at the end of the season. "I'm fed up with this world full of scroungers, starting with those people who head the UCI and finishing with those who work for (Vuelta organisers) Unipublic," Belda told Marca.

Belda's team's problems stem from the implication of most of the riders in the Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation, although the judge overseeing the case has since announced that none of the riders were in fact involved.

"As we are set to miss the Vuelta and the Comunitat Valenciana has decided to withdraw its backing, it all points towards the disappearance of the team," said Belda, who went on to criticise the lack of leadership in the sport. "Everyone wants to be in charge, but nobody is. The UCI is the body that should be imposing order but it is failing to do so, and the Spanish federation is worse still."

Belda said of his riders that "all of them are clean because no one has shown otherwise, and despite this they are preventing us from starting the Vuelta. My problem is not [Floyd] Landis but the fact that they have taken action, for political reasons against a team with 26 years of history behind it".

Belda was speaking at the Tour of Burgos, which started on Sunday, and is likely to be one of Comunitat Valenciana's last, following their takeover a couple of years ago from the long-standing backing of Kelme. Currently, the team is set to start the Subida a Urkiola and Clasica de los Puertos later this month. The latter, which takes place on August 20, could be their last competitive outing.

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