By Agence France Presse
Beloki to Liberty, agent says
Joseba Beloki will sign a one-year contract soon with Liberty Seguros, run by his former mentor Manolo Saiz, AFP has learned.
Pablo Arregui, the agent for the Basque cyclist, told AFP that the deal has not been completed, but added that negotiations were nearing their end.
“Joseba will join Manolo Saiz,” Arregui said.
Beloki, who has made the Tour de France podium three times – he was third in 2000 and 2001, and second in 2002 – crashed heavily in the 2003 Tour and has never returned to top form in stints with Brioches la Boulangere and Saunier Duval.
Illes Balears signs riders
Spanish cyclists Sergi Escobar and Jonathan Garcia have signed with Illes Balears, according to the Spanish daily newspaper Marca.
The 30-year-old Escobar, champion of the world in the individual pursuit and double bronze medalist in the Athens Games (individual and team pursuit), has signed for one season.