Ion Izagirre: "My goal is to defend the title in the Basque Country"

The youngest of the Izagirre starts this Thursday in La Provence his third season with Astana after completing the collection of wins in the big three.


With his triumph at Formigal, Ion Izagirre became the 100th rider in history to achieve at least one victory in every major round. The Gipuzkoan left the Tour with clavicle and metacarpal fractures, as well as stitches on the chin and cheek. He did not appear in La Vuelta “in the best condition”, but he took advantage of a break in which his older brother, Gorka, also got involved, to finish off an excellent job of wear and tear as a family. “I was very excited to complete the collection on a bad weather day and with the help of Gorka,” explains Ion, who has just turned 32.

The youngest of the Izagirres started the count at the 2012 Giro, making his debut in a three-week race. It prevailed in Falzes's broken day: "I couldn't imagine that it was going to get wet at my premiere, it was also a boost for the Euskaltel project to continue another campaign." After the disappearance of Euskaltel in 2013, he went to Movistar, with which he signed up for the 2016 Tour de France stage that stands out on his record: another escape on the way to Morzine. 2017 (with a serious rupture of the lumbar vertebrae) and 2018 were unsuccessful courses with Bahrain, for in 2019 he moved to Astana and achieved one of the most longed-for triumphs in his career: the Tour of the Basque Country, second round of the World Tour of his resume after Poland. "In one-week competitions with a chrono shine more," he always states.

In his third season with the Kazakh squad he aspires to defend the title in Itzulia, since the 2020 edition was canceled due to the pandemic. The Astana concentrated and presented itself for 2021 in Benidorm. However, the virus marks everything. Ion Izagirre wanted to make his debut in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, to later participate in the Vuelta a Andalucía. And both were suspended due to COVID-19, so it will begin this Thursday in La Provence: “I wanted to start in Spain. We will see how the calendar develops with the postponements or cancellations due to the coronavirus. In my plans were Paris-Nice and, above all, the Basque Country ”. Awaiting the birth of their third child, the Ardennes will take a back seat. And then the Tour: “They trust me in the team, and I try to give them back that trust with work and results. I will look for a partial, to see if I increase that collection of victories in the big three.

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