Euskaltel prepares thoroughly for the Vuelta

The chosen 'eight' will surely come out of the group of cyclists who will run the San Sebastián Classic on Saturday. Unai Square could be incorporated.


The team that Jorge Azanza will lead to the Vuelta Ciclista a España is still unknown. After an outing with the runners, an aperitif talk with the HAFESA Group, a new sponsor of hydrocarbons, and a meal at the Hotel Meliá in Bilbao, the team selected for "one of the most important moments of the season, has not yet transcended. in which we will try to be protagonists ", said the Navarrese director. Those chosen will surely come out of the group of cyclists who will run the San Sebastián Classic on Saturday. There could be some incorporation such as Unai Square.

Before the Vuelta there are several important events for oranges. The main teams of the Euskadi Foundation will take part in the San Sebastián Classic that will take place this coming Saturday, July 31. Eight years have passed since the last participation of the Euskaltel-Euskadi in the Classical, and it will be the premiere for the Laboral Kutxa women's team. However, they will not be the only races this week, since the cyclists of the orange team will be in the Vuelta a Castilla y León and in the Getxo-Memorial Hermanos Otxoa Circuit.

Jorge Azanza has set different objectives for the races that the Euskaltel-Euskadi will contest throughout the week. Since the Clásica de San Sebastián is a first level event, the Sakana team believes that the team must be "brave and fierce. We have to show our competitive character, then we know that it is a very demanding race and that it will not be easy to contest it, but If we are able to do our job well, I am sure that, in some way, we will be protagonists. "For the Vuelta a Castilla y León and Circuito de Getxo, the objectives change considerably. "In addition to being protagonists, we have to play both races. Winning only wins one, and we know it is difficult, but to win you have to be in the dispute and that is our goal, to be in the dispute." Like Estella or Ordizia (which Luis León Sánchez won over Juan Ayuso), they are geographically close events that acquire a special dimension.With clear objectives and an eye on the Vuelta a España, Azanza has divided the team into three blocks. Antonio Angulo, Mikel Irizar, Iker Ballarín, Gari Bravo, Mikel Alonso, Txomin Juaristi and Unai Cuadrado will compete in the Tour of Castilla y León from this Thursday, July 29, starting in León (13:30) and ending in Ponferrada (18: 30). A race for which he has opted for fast runners.

The second selection is made up of the cyclists who will participate in the San Sebastián Classic: Luis Ángel Maté, Mikel Bizkarra, Mikel Iturria, Joan Bou, Gotzon Martin, Ibai Azurmendi and Xabier Mikel Azparren are chosen to participate in the World category race Tour, where they will compete with the best of the international peloton. Some of them will also make up the Vuelta team, so it will be a good test to check their fitness. The Classical will be held on July 31; the departure will be at 11:45 and the end at around 17:30. It is now eight years since the last participation of the team in it, and, in the words of Jorge Azanza, the team is "very excited and highly motivated" .

Without any doubt, Saturday's race will also be special for the members of the Laboral Kutxa UCI Women's Continental Team, who will make their debut at the San Sebastián Classic, where they will compete in the race with the best cyclists from the international peloton. Ion Lazkano, coach of the team, has pointed out that "the simple fact of being at the start is a gift for us. The best cyclists will be there and in this type of race there is always a place to learn. That will be our goal, to take another step forward. in our training process ".

These are the six runners who will defend in the Euskadi Foundation jersey: Idoia Eraso, Irantzu Beloki, Eukene Larrarte, Ainhize Barrainkua, Garazi Estévez and Elena Cuenca. In the presentation last Friday, Tania Calvo from Alava was discussed but, in the end, she has not entered the definitive list. Last Saturday, the runner obtained the Euskadi runner-up on the road in a race held in the Amurrio area. Actually she entered sixth in the test but, when it came to classifying, she was the second best Basque at Elite level.

The last appointment of the week will be in Getxo, with the dispute of the Otxoa Brothers Memorial Circuit on Sunday, August 1. A 193 kilometer race that will start at 12:00 from the Gugenheim and will end at approximately 4:45 pm in the streets of Getxo. Antonio Angulo, Mikel Irizar, Mikel Aristi, Juanjo Lobato, Txomin Juaristi, Antonio Soto and Peio Goikoetxea will be chosen and, as in Castilla y León, the objective is to fight for victory. From August 3 to 7, the orange team will also be present at the Vuelta a Burgos.

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