Shorts: Liberty, Boonen, Dekker

Strong Liberty team behind Heras at Vuelta, Boonen's knee OK after weekend crash, Dekker's Worlds ho

Strong Liberty team behind Heras at Vuelta, Boonen's knee OK after weekend crash, Dekker's Worlds ho


Liberty Seguros team boss Manolo Saiz has confirmed the eight riders who will support Roberto Heras in the defence of his Vuelta title, starting this Saturday in Granada. Liberty's team comprises Dariusz Baranowski, Joseba Beloki, Giampaolo Caruso, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Isidro Nozal, Michele Scarponi, Marcos Serrano and Angel Vicioso, as well as three-time Vuelta winner Heras, who will be attempting to break the record for victories in his home tour.

- Tom Boonen does not appear to have suffered any long-term problems after crashing in the GP de Rijke on Saturday. "This morning I woke up a bit worried about the potential consequences of the fall, in which I hit my knee, but fortunately the knee was not swollen," said Boonen on Sunday, when he went out for a 100km training ride. "When I started to ride my bike, I knew that the problem was not serious as I feared. I trained for around 100 kilometres without any problems, forcing myself and doing some tests on the knee. Tomorrow I will do a long training ride and then Wednesday, as scheduled, I will fly to Granada [for the start of the Vuelta]."

- Dutch rider Erik Dekker was not so lucky with his crash in the Rijke race. The veteran Rabobank rider broke his right collar-bone and had an operation on Sunday, his 35th birthday, to set the bone. Dekker is expected to be fit for the world championships in Madrid at the end of next month, but could miss out on selection because of the lack of racing he will have prior to then.

- Boonen's team-mate and compatriot Jurgen van Goolen has decided to leave Quick Step after four seasons and join Discovery Channel.

- The team has changed its name following the purchase of the online betting site by Swedish rival Unibet. The team, now known as Unibet-SportsTech, is expected to benefit from the change with a boost in sponsorship money.

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