Valverde slams team and Manzano

Alejandro Valverde has hit out at his CV-Kelme team after two months without pay and at former team-

VALVERDE Alejandro ( ESP )
Alejandro Valverde has hit out at his CV-Kelme team after two months without pay and at former team-

Alejandro Valverde was scathingly critical of his Comunitat Valenciana-Kelme team and of his former team-mate Jesus Manzano when he appeared at yesterday’s pre-race press launch for the Mariano Rojas Memorial race in the southern Spanish city of Murcia. He also acknowledged that he had received considerable interest from three teams – Liberty Seguros, Saeco and Phonak. However, before any transfer can be completed, Valverde wants to receive the money he is still owed by CV-Kelme, but admitted he was uncertain about what was happening. “The team is still in the same state as a week or two ago,” he said. “Everything has ground to a halt. We haven’t been paid, some riders still have not got licences, guarantees have not been presented to the UCI. “Last year we knew that Pepe Quiles was the boss and that we could go to him, but now we don’t know who to turn to. If you ask any of the politicians involved they tell you that it will all be resolved this week, but they’ve been saying that for a month. In theory, if they pay me, I will stay here. But we have not been paid for two months and if we go a third without money then I will leave the team because the terms of my contract will have been breached.” Valverde stressed that he wanted to see out the year with CV-Kelme “because I’ve got a good team here with a view to the rest of the season.” Much of the blame for the situation, claimed Valverde, is down to Manzano’s accusations of doping within the Kelme team. “I don’t know if what is happening is totally down to the Manzano affair, but that has certainly been a major influence. He has destroyed Kelme and cycling. The first year I rode the Vuelta (2002) I shared a room with him and I saw some strange things taking place that were nothing to do with the team, they were just down to him. We feel betrayed by what he has said, it’s all lies. He’s got no proof. He’s not right in the head, as I think we are seeing.”