Saiz impressed with Giro

Although his team only won one stage and failed to make the expected impact on GC, Liberty boss Mano

Although his team only won one stage and failed to make the expected impact on GC, Liberty boss Mano

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Liberty Seguros team manager Manolo Saiz, one of the architects of the ProTour series, has described the recently finished Giro d'Italia as "the best in recent years, and the most competitive," even though his own team was often well off the pace despite a first-week stage win by Koldo Gil.

Speaking to Bilbao's El Correo newspaper, Saiz said that the Giro had been "a battle between real leaders. There were some brilliant moments, thanks to Savoldelli, Simoni and Basso, and Rujano was very impressive too. This Giro will make all of us take the race more seriously."

Saiz confessed that, despite the fact the Giro was not shown on Spanish television, he would rethink his team's planning for next year in order to arrive at the race with more form and a stronger line-up. The Spanish team signed Italian Michele Scarponi to lead their Giro team, but the former Domina Vacanze rider did not perform up to his own or Saiz's expectations. "Perhaps we were too ambitious in our goals for a young rider like Scarponi," admitted Saiz.

The Liberty boss acknowledged that his team's sights are now firmly set on the Tour de France, and that all events leading up to the Tour will serve simply as preparation for the big rendezvous in July. With the Tour in mind, Liberty team leader Roberto Heras will spend two days at the end of this week looking over the Alpine stages in the company of Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and Alberto Contador. The trio are all set to ride the Dauphin Libr, which starts on Sunday.

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