New co-sponsor for Saunier Duval, Lopez de Munain admits ‘I don’t know how I lived’, Valverde opting
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The Spanish Saunier Duval team have agreed a new sponsorship deal with the Cantabrian regional tourist body, which is paying 600,000 euros over the next two seasons for the team to carry the ‘Cantabria infinita’ slogan on their jerseys.
– Euskaltel team manager Miguel Madariaga has said that Alberto Lopez de Munain is continuing to improve after his crash at the Giro on Monday, and it is expected that the Basque rider will be flown back to Spain during the weekend. “He’s much better,” Madariaga told Marca. “He’s had a coffee and biscuits for breakfast. Then for lunch he had some pasta and vegetables followed by a baked apple.” However, the 33-year-old rider is still being given oxygen every two hours.
On Wednesday Lopez de Munain was shown newspaper coverage of his stage two crash. “I don’t know how I lived,” he told Madariaga. “I look like I’m dead there on the ground.”
– Alejandro Valverde has said that he probably won’t ride this year’s Vuelta if he performs well on his debut at the Tour. Speaking to EFE radio, Valverde, who has finished third and then fourth in the last two editions of the Vuelta, said: “I am going to the Tour to learn. I hope to be able to help Francisco Mancebo at key moments. I want to do the best Tour I can and finish as high as possible overall. If I do perform well I won’t ride the Vuelta.” Valverde’s preparations for the Tour continue at next week’s Tour of Catalonia, where Jan Ullrich will be making his ProTour debut.