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Management
GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO ARANZABAL Igor
(General Manager)
LARRAZABAL ARBAIZA Josu
(Team Manager)
GERRIKAGOITIA ARRIEN Gorka
(Team Manager)
GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO ARANZABAL Alvaro
(Team Manager)
EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI (EUS) - ESP

The Euskaltel-Euskadi team is far more than just a major cycling team: reflects a whole region and represents a special sporting and cultural identity.

The team was created 1994 and is now one of the oldest teams in professional cycling, yet it boasts support from both young school children and the many passionate cycling fans of the Basque Region.

The bright orange-coloured jersey is a sign of regional pride and the fans gather on the roadside to cheer on the riders during the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, the Tour de France, the Clásica San Sebastián and the Vuelta. They celebrate both cycling and their unique culture.

Only riders born in the Basque region in northern Spain and southern France are allowed to ride for the team, with a rare exception given for riders who have lived in the region for a long time and come through the Euskadi development programme.

The team has been undergoing a gradual rebuilding in recent years but has developed a new generation of riders and secured UCI ProTeam status for 2011.

Beijing Olympic road race gold medallist Samuel Sánchez is still the figurehead and team leader. He is often targeted by other teams but has always opted to stay with Euskaltel-Euskadi.

In 2010 Sánchez won five races and ended the season ranked tenth in the world. He was especially impressive in the Tour de France, finishing fourth overall. He is expected to target the three-week French race again in 2011.

Climber Igor Antón confirmed his huge talent during the Vuelta a España, winning two stages thanks to some aggressive riding. But he was unfortunate to crash at speed and he lost any chance of overall victory. No doubt he will be back for revenge in 2011, when the Vuelta is set to visit the Basque Country for some of the key stages.

Romain Sicard hails from the French part of the Basque Region but is a huge stage race prospect for the future, as are Iñaki Flores, Amets Txurruka and Jonathan Castroviejo.
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Riders
ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor ESP 02.03.1983
ARAMENDIA LORENTE Javier Francisco ESP 05.12.1986
ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel ESP 17.11.1979
AZANZA SOTO Jorge ESP 16.06.1982
CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS JONATHAN ESP 27.04.1987
CAZAUX Pierre FRA 07.06.1984
FERNANDEZ Koldo ESP 13.09.1981
ISASI FLORES Inaki ESP 20.04.1977
IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka ESP 07.10.1987
MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi ESP 15.05.1978
NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel ESP 26.05.1984
OROZ UGALDE Juan Jose ESP 11.07.1980
PEREZ LEZAUN Alan ESP 15.07.1982
PEREZ MORENO Ruben ESP 30.10.1981
SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel ESP 05.02.1978
SESMA Daniel ESP 18.06.1984
TXURRUKA Amets ESP 10.11.1982
URTASUN PEREZ Pablo ESP 29.03.1980
VELASCO MURILLO Ivan ESP 07.02.1980
VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka ESP 04.11.1978
Neo
BILBAO Peio ESP 25.02.1990
IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI Jon ESP 04.02.1989
LANDA MEANA Mikel ESP 13.12.1989
MINGUEZ AYALA Miguel ESP 30.08.1988
SICARD Romain FRA 01.01.1988
* Provisionally suspended.
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