Aranburu: a versatile cyclist for the relay in the classics

The 25-year-old from Gipuzkoa has proven to be a cyclist to consider for one-day tests. Finish contract with Astana this season.


At 25 years old (he will turn 26 on September 19), Alex Aranburu inaugurated his locker on the World Tour in Sestao: "My greatest success to date." The man from Gipuzkoa, a lover of animals and nature, a follower of the Royal Society and of the ball, was around a prestigious victory since in the 2019 Vuelta he finished second in two days: behind Arndt in Igualada and surpassed by Gilbert in Bilbao. In this 2021, in his second season with Astana, he finished sixth at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and seventh, as in 2020, at San Remo. Product of the Basque quarry, he cyclocross and raced as a stagiaire with Murias in 2015 and in 2016 he made the leap to the professional field. He competed with Caja Rural from 2017 to 2019, and achieved three triumphs: Getxo and stages in Madrid and Burgos.

From lower and amateur categories, he has a good bottom and punch. His contract with the Kazakh team ends in December, but manager Aleksandr Vinokourov loves it as a rider. If it continues its progression, it will become a sought-after piece. He defines himself as "someone who passes without problem the 20-minute uphill and fast ports in small groups." With his characteristics, he chooses to inherit the responsibility of the national squad in the classics. In 2020 he was left without making his debut in the Giro d'Italia due to a positive for coronavirus, and perhaps another opportunity will come this year. Although at the moment he focuses on the Basque Country, second 5 '' behind Primoz Roglic: "I don't want to rule out the general classification, we'll see how far my strength will reach me" .

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