"Tears were shed with the orange tide in the gutters"

The Euskaltel lives its return to a great eight years later in La Vuelta. The project continues to grow with the support of important brands and a large social mass.


The Euskaltel has proposed to be the protagonist in La Vuelta, its return to the greats after eight years, and for now it has been present in all the escapes of the race. But in Picón Blanco they noticed more than ever the illusion they generate. “I lived the previous stage as a runner and now as a director. It is exciting. Tears were shed when they saw the 'tide', so many orange people in the gutters ”, Jorge Azanza tells AS. “If it seemed that we were in Euskadi”, confirms Mikel Bizkarra, 20th in the Burgos ascent.

For the Euskadi Foundation, having its team in the Spanish round is confirmation of the solidity of a project that was reborn as an amateur with the encouragement of Mikel Landa and has managed to involve leading companies in the area such as Euskaltel, DBA (Hafesa Group) , Orbea, Etxeondo, Laboral Kutxa (which supports the youth squad and the women's team), Eroski ... And most importantly, the Basque fans feel they are theirs. "It is the great value of this project, the social mass", confirms Azanza.

For this Vuelta they have lined up a team with four veterans (Maté, Lobato, Bizkarra and Iturria) and four newcomers (Soto, Azparren, Martin and a Bou who was on the run yesterday). “In the end, the most experienced ones try to advise them, guide them on a day-to-day basis. They really want to, ”says Bizkarra, who has set himself the goal of fighting for a stage. Everything, so that the Euskaltel continues to grow and aspire to greater heights, as Azanza explains: “Running the Tour? At the moment it is just a dream, but La Vuelta was also a dream and look where we are now ”

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