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January 27, 2004

Liberty Seguros

Heras leads Spain's new-old team

Rising from the ashes of the hugely successful ONCE team, Manolo Saiz' Liberty Seguros squad was presented yesterday in Madrid, Spain. Roberto Heras is the designated team leader, as befits a double Vuelta winner, alongside Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano and 2003 Vuelta revelation Isidro Nozal. Is this finally a strong enough squad to land Saiz the Tour de France victory he has always wanted? We'll know in July.

Full Liberty Seguros roster

Images by Javier Soriano-STR/AFP

  • The leaders - Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (L), Roberto Heras (C) and Isidro Nozal (R) are officially presented as the three leaders of the new Liberty Seguros team.
  • Manolo Saiz poses in front of Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (L) and Roberto Heras (R)
  • The team with manager Manolo Saiz - he's the one in the suit.
  • Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano joins the team from its previous incarnation as ONCE and is expected to continue his previous successful career.
  • Roberto Heras looks happy to be on a Spanish team, and to take on the role of leader after two years at US Postal
  • Isidro Nozal was one of the revelations of 2003
The leaders
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Manolo Saiz
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The team
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Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano
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Roberto Heras
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Isidro Nozal
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