The Euskaltel is presented with the aim of spreading the word and the "dream of La Vuelta"

The Basque team will have 20 riders in Pro Continental. Maté, the big news. It will also have female and U-23. Its president, Mikel Landa, could not be.


The conference room of the Euskaltel telephone company hosted the official presentation of the Euskadi Foundation cycling teams for the 2021 season. Maintaining and respecting the entire security protocol against the COVID-19 pandemic, all the protagonists passed through the stage. Managers, directors, sponsors, coaching staff and cyclists of the three structures: UCI Pro Team, Elite and sub-23 and women.

Mikel Landa, president, was not present because he is preparing for the season in Tenerife. Juan Mari Guajardo and Iñigo Asensio acted as masters of ceremonies in the act of Derio. Xabier Iturbe, president of Euskaltel, was the first protagonist of the day. “It has been a tough and somewhat frustrating year but I am convinced that this season we are going to give people talk. We are a project with three pillars: the cyclists, the fans and the sponsors. Between all of them, we set up our project ”, assured the leader.

All collaborating firms -26- participated in a signature sheet exactly the same as when a career is about to start. His representatives went up, one by one, to the stage to leave their signature. In this way they demonstrated their commitment to the orange team. This year's slogan is "more than a sports project ... kirol proiekto bat baino gehiago". Orbea also showed the bicycles, the Orcas, which will be used in this campaign.

After the assistants, the Elite and Under-23 riders, the women and, finally, the UCI Pro Team cyclists were presented with Luis Ángel Maté as the main novelty. Paracyclist Eduardo Santas also passed the stage. There was never a concentration of protagonists on stage, they only walked through it, entering from one side and leaving the other way. All the movements of the presentation were perfectly controlled from start to finish.

Take temperatures at the entrance, continuous use of masks, spaces between seats and safety distances. Euskaltel will give its name to the UCI Pro Team and Laboral Kutxa to the Elite, U-23 and the women. By the way, the management of the fans is already 100% of the Foundation and they do not depend, except for the presence of assistants, on the Goierriko Society, based in Beasain (Guipúzcoa) .

The UCI Pro Team will be made up of 20 riders: Antonio Angulo, Antonio Soto, Dzmitry Zhyhunou, Gari Bravo, Gotzon Martín, Ibai Azurmendi, Iker Ballarín, Joan Bou, Jokin Aranburu, Juanjo Lobato, Julen Irizar, Luis Ángel Maté, Mikel Alonso , Mikel Aristi, Mikel Bizkarra, Mikel Iturria, Peio Goikoetxea, Txomin Juaristi, Unai Cuadrado and Xabier Mikel Azparren. Maté said that “this is a very special project. There is no team like this, it is unique. The orange tide is something typical of here. For me it is a pride to be able to contribute to continue growing and to also be able to help the youngest ”.

The Sports Director, Jorge Azanza, assured that “we are very excited and we will go to many races to contest them. There are young people with great enthusiasm and also veterans who form a pyramid. We have to give support to the youngest so that they grow but we also seek to achieve good results. We were the best in the 1969 Valencia Classic and now, in Almería, we are going all out with the two sprinters of the team. It is important to start well and we are working towards it. Going to the Vuelta is a dream and it is clear that we have to give everything in the races to earn a place there. Illusion and desire, of course, there will be, but we know that it is difficult for all of us and that we are several teams with the same goal despite the fact that this year there will be more invitations. We feel like it but it doesn't have to be an obsession either. ”

Jesús Ezkurdia, General Manager of the structure, was in charge of closing the event at the telephone headquarters of the Derio Technology Park. “Etxeondo and Orbea were the initial architects of this project but later other traveling companions joined. Mikel Landa could not come due to his professional obligations but he is very excited. The team will go where our companies and our peoples want. This project without the heart is nothing and we all think orange. As the Chinese say, the year of the Buffalo is going to give us luck ”, declared Ezkurdia.

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