At first it was thought the Tinkoff Credit System team was the “controversial team” of the coming year with Hamilton and Hondo both coming off drug suspensions, and Ricardo Serarano has some questions in his recent past. To out do them for a team that raises the most eyebrows when looking at the roster is the revamped Spanish team Relax-Gam. They have Francisico Mancebo as the team leader and Oscar Sevilla who were both caught up in Operación Puerto. Mancebo was never charged with anything and little has come out about him, but Sevilla has been caught up a lot more but still no charges. Mancebo first announced his retirement when Operación Puerto broke, but started looking for a new team for '07 when things did not look so bad. They also have Santigo Perez who after riding an amazing Vuelta in 2004 was caught like Hamilton (both rode for Phonak at the time) as having had blood transfusions. Perez did not follow the Hamilton route of fighting the 2 year suspension and both ended up with the same ban. Perez probably did not have the resource as Tyler to do such a fight, nor as much to loose.
Look for the Relax team mostly in the Spanish races again this year. In 2006 they did have a wild card spot in the Vuelta, and should get one again this year. Complete squad can be found here.