Vuelta News forAugust 26, 2003
Edited by Chris Henry
Tension remains at Paternina
Vuelta exclusion threatened for Pecharromán
Tension remains strong at the Paternina-Costa de Almería team,
notably between directeur sportif Miguel Moreno and his star rider José
Antonio Pecharromán. Relations between the two turned sour following
Pecharromán's deal to join the Quick.Step-Davitamon team for 2004
for a reported 1.1 million euros for two years. In return, Moreno has
threatened to exclude Pecharromán from Paternina's Vuelta a España
Pecharromán's results in the past few weeks haven't helped his
cause, prompting Moreno to tell Spanish paper AS that "somebody should
tell him that abandoning races doesn't count for much in the Vuelta."
For his part, has blamed his modest results on a slow comeback from knee
injury earlier this year. "It wouldn't matter to me if I were left out,"
he said of his Vuelta participation. "I'd leave my place for a teammate
who is riding better."
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