Shorts: Mayo, Lopez, Botero
Iban Mayo makes a counter-offer to Euskaltel but has offers from three other teams, one Euskaltel ri
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Strongly linked with a move to Saunier Duval over the weekend, Euskaltel team leader Iban Mayo has told Basque radio this morning that he has made a counter-offer to his current team and may well be staying with them after all. Mayo describes his counter to the new deal he was offered at the Vuelta as “lower than my current deal” and “reasonable”. Mayo admitted that “I can’t ask for what I am earning at the moment because I don’t deserve it. the decision is now up to them.” He also revealed he “could not complain” about other offers he has received from Cofidis, Gerolsteiner and Saunier Duval. “Once I know what my current team want to do with me I will then think about what I want to do next,” he concluded.
– One rider definitely leaving Euskaltel is 25-year-old David Lopez, who has signed a three-year deal with Caisse d’Epargne after two seasons with his current team.
– The Colombian federation has decided that it won’t be acting against Santiago Botero following the Phonak rider’s implication in the Puerto affair. According to federation president Ettore Sangiovanni, they have studied the documents sent to them by the Puerto investigative team in Spain and others provided by the UCI and found no conclusive proof of a link between Botero and those under investigation. Botero was suspended by Phonak at the end of June after being linked to the Puerto case.