Two jerseys for Balears

The mystery about who is doing what at the Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears team seems to be clearing

The mystery about who is doing what at the Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears team seems to be clearing

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The Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne team led by Spanish Tour de France pretender Alejandro Valverde will wear two different jerseys next season depending on the country in which the team is riding.

The Franco-Hispanic team is backed by the tourist development agency that promotes Spain's Balearic Islands and a French savings bank. Illes Balears will continue to be the team's leading named sponsor in all Spanish events plus the Tours of Poland and Germany, which are key tourist markets for the Balearics. Caisse d'Epargne will be the team's leading sponsor in all other races, including the Tour.

According to AS, Caisse d'Epargne will be providing 60 per cent of the team's budget in the coming season and have signed a contract with the team through to the end of 2010. Illes Balears, who at one point were expected to withdraw from cycling sponsorship altogether at the end of the 2005 season, have committed to provide the remaining 40 per cent of the team's budget for 2006 and are reported to be close to agreeing a deal for a further season.

As well as the names changing on the jerseys, the actual design of the team's jersey is set to change as well, with a red and black colour scheme replacing the rather messy and hard-to-pick-out design used this season. The new jersey will be unveiled at the team's launches, which will also have two parts - one in Majorca and the other in France.

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