Two former professionals are being linked with integral roles at Fernando Alonso's Euskaltel team from 2014 and onwards as the team, according to media reports at least, is slowly taking shape.
As reported earlier, current Euskaltel Euskadi head Igor González de Galdeano is more than likely to be handed much the same role at Alonso's outfit.
Reports on Thursday suggests he might be joined by another fellow ONCE ex-pro. Deia and Cyclingnews claim to know Francisco José García Armendaris, more commonly known as "Kiko" García, is in line to be appointed team manager.
The now 45-year-old García rode professionally for the legendary black and yellow team in the '90s, two wins in the Clásica Alcobendas and appearances at the Olympics and in the Tour de France being the highlights.
Since then he's, among other jobs, worked for Vuelta organizers Unipublic and currently heads up eyewear giant Oakley's European marketing department. Oakley of course sponsors both Alonso and Samuel Sánchez.
If García does come on board, he's likely to be handed a team manager role. de Galdeano is expected to work as a technical director.
Talking to Cyclingnews, García confirmed talks are ongoing.
"Discussions are on hold because of an imminent Formula One Grand Prix. However, talks will continue next week".
According to the rumour mill, yet another ex-pro might join the team management. José Luis "Chechu" Rubiera, himself from Asturias too of course, might be an advisor or a sports director, having retired from the sport three years ago.
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