Iban Mayo’s seven-year career with Euskaltel looks set to end according to stories in the Basque pre
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According to Sunday’s edition of Basque paper El Correo, Euskaltel team leader Iban Mayo has decided to leave the team with which he has spent his whole pro career and sign for the Saunier Duval team, whose management team includes his own personal manager, Sabino Angoitia. According to El Correo, Euskaltel had offered Mayo a two-year deal, but at a much reduced salary compared to his current contract.
Euskaltel team boss Miguel Madariaga said during a recent press conference held to announce the re-signing of Vuelta stage-winners Samuel Sanchez and Igor Anton that he had given Mayo until the 11th of this month to respond to the contract offer he and team manager Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano had made at the end of the Vuelta. Mayo is reported to have listened to that offer in silence and not responded to Madariaga in the subsequent period, which Madariaga had already taken as a omen that his offer would be rejected.
If confirmed, Mayo’s spell with the Basque ‘national’ team will have ended as much of it was spent, with an element of rancour hanging over it. The 29 year old gave the team 21 victories during his seven-year stay with Euskaltel, including a Tour stage win at Alpe d’Huez and Dauphin Libr stage wins at Mont Ventoux and, just this summer, La Toussuire. However, Mayo has been unable to build on the promise he showed with that victory on the Alpe in 2003 which pushed him to sixth place overall at the Tour.