Giro update: Liberty, Rous, MrB

Liberty Seguros encounter Italy's bicycle (and car) thieves, Rous asks for dispensation to ride, MrB

Liberty Seguros encounter Italy's bicycle (and car) thieves, Rous asks for dispensation to ride, MrB

It seems that Koldo Gil's coming-together with a motorbike on the Santa Tecla climb that the left the Spaniard with a broken back wheel was the least of his Liberty Seguros team's problems. During last night, thieves made off with the Spanish team's press support vehicle, a silver Audi complete with race accreditation stickers and team sponsor logos. The thieves also broke into a team support vehicle and stole some tools and cycling shoes, and left the team bus with a broken lock having tried but apparently failed to break into that. The thieves have obviously not seen what Liberty team manager Manolo Saiz is capable of when he gets angry...

- Didier Rous' Bouygues Telecom team have put in a request to the Giro organisers, RCS, to allow the Frenchman to compete in other races following his abandon on the first stage to Tropea. Rous quit the race because of what was described as "violent vomiting", and under racing regulations cannot compete in another pro event until the one he quit has finished, effectively ruling him out of competition for the full three weeks of the Giro. Bouygues have delivered a medical report on Rous' illness to RCS in the hope that they will lift the embargo on the Frenchman competing.

- The backers of the team are contemplating whether to continue backing the continental squad they currently sponsor or whether to end that link at the end of this season and become a secondary sponsor on a ProTour team. director Koen Terryn is quoted on the Tuttobici website as saying: "We have been in contact with [Quick Step boss] Patrick Lefevere, but our discussions have not been conclusive. We are looking for a ProTour team that is interested in a secondary sponsor, because we are certainly interested in the ProTour."

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