The Euskadi Foundation of Mikel Landa is presented in Bilbao

Mikel Landa has presented his team this Thursday, which next season will compete as Pro Tour. Alavés also spoke of his expectations for 2020 at Bahrain-Merida.


Mikel Landa will lead the landing of the Euskadi Foundation in UCI Pro Team, former Continental Pro. The Alava cyclist continues to compete with the Bahrain-Mérida jersey (in a few weeks he will have a concentration in Croatia) but one of his great illusions is the new professional orange team, the subsidiary of Laboral Kutxa and the women's section

"We are going step by step, without too much haste. The project wants to grow and dreams of becoming the Euskaltel of the past. We give great importance to the quarry and social actions and, in fact, some cyclist is going to make the leap from the second team in the structure. We are very motivated and hope to inspire the Basque fans, "he said. Upon his arrival in Bahrain-Mérida, he added that "a great team has been made but we will talk about that in January. Now all my energies are focused on the foundation" .

The Landa calendar will focus on the Tour de France although 2020 is a year marked by the Olympic Games in Japan. The arrival to the team linked to McLaren also excites the Alavés. Regarding his options to end up wearing an orange jersey at the UCI World Tour, Landa said that "you still have to settle the project, go slowly but getting results as soon as possible. You have to compete and we will surely do it. Hopefully within a few years the Foundation returns to where it was and, why not ?, finish where I started ".

Along with Landa, will be your personal advisor Jesús Ezkurdia. Also the leading support of Orbea as well as other sponsors that are part of an exciting plan. Etxeondo also has a special role. Jorge Azanza will continue to be the Sports Director of a group that has signed Gari Bravo, Julen Irizar, Mikel Aristi, Mikel Iturria, Mikel Bizkarra (from Euskadi Murias), Juanjo Lobato and Joan Bou (Nippo-Vini Fantini), Rubén Fernández ( Movistar Team), Antonio Angulo (Efapel), in addition to the ascent of the Alava runner Iker Ballarín, who last year was at Laboral Kutxa.

The base, in any case, will be that of last year. Runners who were already notified of the intention of making the leap by the bosses in the past championships of Spain en route to Murcia: Antonio Jesús Soto, Diego López, Dzmytri Zhygunov, Ibai Azurmendi, Gotzon Martín, Mikel Alonso, Jokin Aranburu, Unai Cuadrado, Txomin Juaristi and Peio Goikoetxea. The squad, with a score of runners, will compete in Portugal, France, Italy and its great moments could come with Itzulia, the San Sebastian Classic and even, with the subsequent invitation, in the Cycling Tour of Spain.

The season will begin with the Challenge of Mallorca and the Tour of San Juan, in Argentina. On the support of the public institutions to the project, Landa commented that "there is nothing to reproach them. They always have cycling present. You just have to see the bets they are making bringing stages of the Tour of Spain or the Grand Exit of the Tour de France ".



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