Euskaltel-Euskadi

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Euskaltel-Euskadi
EUS logo.png
Team information
UCI code EUS
Based Spain
Founded 1994 (1994)
Disbanded 2013 (2013)
Discipline Road
Status UCI ProTeam
Bicycles Orbea
Website Team home page
Key personnel
Directeur sportif Miguel Madariaga
Team name history
2005–2013
2001–2004
1998–2000
1995–1997
1994
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Equipo Euskadi
Euskadi-Petronor
Euskaltel-Euskadi jersey
Jersey

Euskaltel-Euskadi (UCI Team Code: EUS) was a professional road bicycle racing team from Spain, Europe. The team was commercially sponsored, but also worked as an unofficial Basque national team and was partly funded by the Basque Government until the end of 2013, with riders either from Basque Country and adjacent regions, or who had grown up in the cycling culture of those regions:[1] This policy was abandoned to enable retention of World Tour status. Its sponsor was Euskaltel, a Basque telecom company. Euskaltel-Euskadi was famous for its all-orange team kits. Whenever the Tour de France passed through the Basque Country many spectators lined the route dressed in the team's orange or the colours of the Basque flag. The Euskaltel team also has a second team inside the "Fundacion Euskadi", this team rode in a continental category, the name of the team was Orbea. This team was created with the aim of forming the young cyclist before going to the Euskaltel-Euskadi.

History[edit]

Euskaltel-Euskadi team in 2008

Euskadi was established in 1994, and has been recognizable among the peloton for their bright orange kit. After a 2003 Tour de France breakthrough success during which both Iban Mayo and Haimar Zubeldia finished in the top-10 of the general classification, with Mayo winning the prized Alpe d'Huez stage. Euskaltel-Euskadi was considered to be a strong contender for the 2004 Tour de France as well. Iban Mayo's commanding victory in the 2004 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage race (traditionally seen as one of the tests for Tour de France contenders), including defeating Lance Armstrong in the Mont Ventoux hill climb individual time trial stage, further fueled the hype. Unfortunately, Mayo was injured in a crash on a pavé section of an early stage of the Tour de France, and abandoned in the first Pyrénées stage. Zubeldia also failed to deliver in the 2004 Tour de France, to the chagrin of Basque fans lining the road. "I wish that our uniform was not so easy to spot," admitted directeur sportif Julián Gorospe.

In the 2005 season the team recruited Aitor González, who won the Tour de Suisse. They again failed to make an impression in the 2005 Tour de France. In 2006 the sporting director Julián Gorospe was replaced by Igor González de Galdeano, who became technical secretary. Euskaltel-Euskadi ranked 13th in the UCI World Tour rankings among 18 teams, but only the top 15 teams automatically qualify for the World Tour for the following year (source?). The other teams qualify based on a variety of criteria, including team points and a dedication to clean racing, but the most important are points earned by individual riders.

Under points pressure, Euskaltel confirmed in 2012 that it would break with its long standing policy of signing a majority of Basque riders and would employ riders of other countries to assure its UCI World Tour standing. This has had knock on effects for the make up of other traditionally Basque teams such as Orbea and Caja Rural. For example, in the 2013 season Euskaltel's Amets Txurruka and Iván Velasco moved to Caja Rural.[2]

The withdrawal of sponsorship via government funds prompted the team to announce it would be unable to continue after the 2013 season. In September 2013 Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso expressed a wish to ensure the team's survival by buying their UCI World Tour license[3] but reached no agreement with the team.[4]

Final team roster[edit]

As of 9 September 2013.[5][6] view · edit · talk
Rider Date of birth
 Jon Aberasturi (ESP) (1989-03-28)28 March 1989 (aged 23)
 Igor Antón (ESP) (1983-03-02)2 March 1983 (aged 29)
 Mikel Astarloza (ESP) (1979-11-17)17 November 1979 (aged 33)
 Jorge Azanza (ESP) (1982-06-16)16 June 1982 (aged 30)
 Pello Bilbao (ESP) (1990-02-27)27 February 1990 (aged 22)
 Garakoitz Bravo (ESP) (1989-07-31)31 July 1989 (aged 23)
 Tarik Chaoufi[N 1] (MAR) (1986-02-26)26 February 1986 (aged 26)
 Ricardo García (ESP) (1988-02-26)26 February 1988 (aged 24)
 Gorka Izagirre (ESP) (1987-10-07)7 October 1987 (aged 25)
 Jon Izagirre (ESP) (1989-02-04)4 February 1989 (aged 23)
 Jure Kocjan (SLO) (1984-10-18)18 October 1984 (aged 28)
 Mikel Landa (ESP) (1989-12-13)13 December 1989 (aged 23)
 Juan José Lobato (ESP) (1988-12-29)29 December 1988 (aged 24)
 Egoi Martínez (ESP) (1978-05-15)15 May 1978 (aged 34)
 Ricardo Mestre (POR) (1983-09-11)11 September 1983 (aged 29)
Rider Date of birth
 Miguel Minguez (ESP) (1988-08-30)30 August 1988 (aged 24)
 Mikel Nieve (ESP) (1984-05-26)26 May 1984 (aged 28)
 Juan José Oroz (ESP) (1980-11-07)7 November 1980 (aged 32)
 Rubén Pérez (ESP) (1981-10-30)30 October 1981 (aged 31)
 Steffen Radochla (GER) (1978-10-19)19 October 1978 (aged 34)
 Adrián Sáez (ESP) (1986-03-17)17 March 1986 (aged 26)
 Samuel Sánchez (ESP) (1978-02-05)5 February 1978 (aged 34)
 André Schulze (GER) (1974-11-21)21 November 1974 (aged 38)
 Alexander Serebryakov[N 2] (RUS) (1987-09-25)25 September 1987 (aged 25)
 Romain Sicard (FRA) (1988-01-01)1 January 1988 (aged 25)
 Ioannis Tamouridis (GRE) (1980-06-03)3 June 1980 (aged 32)
 Pablo Urtasun (ESP) (1980-03-29)29 March 1980 (aged 32)
 Gorka Verdugo (ESP) (1978-11-04)4 November 1978 (aged 34)
 Robert Vrečer (SLO) (1980-10-08)8 October 1980 (aged 32)
  1. ^ Chaoufi left the team on 13 August.[7]
  2. ^ Serebryakov was suspended from the team on 6 April, adverse analytical finding in an out-of-competition drugs test in March.[6] He was later sacked.

Major results[edit]

Wins[edit]

1995
1st Stages 4 & 8 Volta ao Algarve, Asier Guenetxea Sarain
1996
1st Memorial Manuel Galera, Iñaki Ayarzagüena Urkidi
1st Txitxarro Igoera, Iñaki Ayarzagüena Urkidi
1st Stage 4 Vuelta Ciclista Asturias, Álvaro González de Galdeano
1st  Spain Time Trial Championship, Iñigo González de Heredia
1997
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a los Valles Mineros, Igor González de Galdeano
1998
1st Stage 8 Tour de l'Avenir, Txema Del Olmo Zendegi
1st Stages 7 & 12 Volta a Portugal, Unai Etxebarria
1st Clasica de Sabiñanigo, Igor González de Galdeano
1st Stage 5 Volta a Galicia, Igor González de Galdeano
1999
1st Stage 1 GP Mitsubishi, Aitor Silloniz
1st Stage 4 GP Jornal de Noticias, José Alberto Martínez
1st Stage 1 GP du Midi-Libre, José Alberto Martínez
1st Stage 18 Vuelta a España, Roberto Laiseka
2000
1st Overall, GP Jornal de Noticias, Mikel Artetxe Guezuraga
1st Stages 1 & 4 GP Jornal de Noticias, Mikel Artetxe Guezuraga
1st Klasika Primavera, Unai Etxebarria
1st Overall Tour de l'Avenir, Iker Flores
1st Stage 8, Aitor Kintana Zarate
1st Stage 9, Iker Flores
1st Prologue Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Alberto Lopez de Munain Ruiz de Gauna
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Asturias, Alberto Lopez de Munain Ruiz de Gauna
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Burgos, José Alberto Martínez
1st Overall Euskal Bizikleta, Haimar Zubeldia
1st Stage 4b, Haimar Zubeldia
2001
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Andalucía, Mikel Artetxe
1st Stage 3 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, David Etxebarria
1st Stage 3 Setmana Catalana de Ciclisme, Aitor Silloniz
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country, Angel Castresana
1st Stage 4 Vuelta a la Rioja, Igor Flores
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Asturias, Alberto López de Munain
1st Overall GP du Midi-Libre, Iban Mayo
1st Classique des Alpes, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Unai Etxebarria
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 14 Tour de France, Roberto Laiseka
2002
1st Trofeo Manacor, Igor Flores
1st Overall Critérium International, José Alberto Martínez
1st Stages 5a & 5b Tour of the Basque Country, David Etxebarria
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León, David Herrero
1st Stage 4a Euskal Bizikleta, David Etxebarria
1st Stage 5 Troféu Joaquim Agostinho, Mikel Artetxe
1st Stage 7 Tour de l'Avenir, Aitor Silloniz
2003
1st Overall Tour of the Basque Country, Iban Mayo
1st Stages 1, 5a & 5b Iban Mayo
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a la Rioja, David Herrero
1st Stage 1 Euskal Bizikleta, David Etxebarria
1st Prologue & Stage 4 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 1 Troféu Joaquim Agostinho, Lander Euba
1st Stage 8 Tour de France, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, Gorka González
1st Overall Tour de l'Avenir, Egoi Martínez
2004
1st Trofeo Calvia, Unai Etxebarria
1st Overall Clásica de Alcobendas, Iban Mayo
1st Stages 1 & 2, Iban Mayo
1st Subida al Naranco, Iban Mayo
1st GP Llodio, Unai Etxebarria
1st Overall Vuelta a Asturias, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 5 Euskal Bizikleta, Roberto Laiseka
1st Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Iban Mayo
1st Prologue & Stage 4, Iban Mayo
2005
1st Stage 2 Clásica de Alcobendas, David Herrero
1st GP Llodio, David Herrero
1st Stage 4b Euskal Bizikleta, David Herrero
1st Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Iñigo Landaluze
1st Overall Tour de Suisse, Aitor González
1st Stage 9, Aitor González
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, David Herrero
1st Stage 11 Vuelta a España, Roberto Laiseka
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España, Samuel Sánchez
1st Escalada a Montjuïc, Samuel Sánchez
2006
1st Stages 2 & 3 Tour of the Basque Country, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 5 Euskal Bizikleta, David Herrero
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Asturias, Samuel Sánchez
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 4, Iban Mayo
1st Subida Urkiola, Iban Mayo
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 16 Vuelta a España, Igor Antón
1st Züri Metzgete, Samuel Sánchez
1st Escalada a Montjuïc, Igor Antón
2007
1st Trofeo Calvia, Unai Etxebarria
1st Stage 7 Tirreno–Adriatico, Koldo Fernández
1st Stage 6 Tour of the Basque Country, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 4 Tour de Romandie, Igor Antón
1st Stage 7 Volta a Catalunya, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stages 15, 19 & 20 Vuelta a España, Samuel Sánchez
2008
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Murcia, Koldo Fernández
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Koldo Fernández
1st Stage 2b Vuelta a Asturias, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 2 Euskal Bizikleta, Koldo Fernández
1st Stage 2 Tour de Suisse, Igor Antón
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Burgos, Koldo Fernández
1st Gold medal.svg Olympics Men's Road Race, Samuel Sánchez
1st Tour de Vendée, Koldo Fernández
2009
1st Stage 2 Volta ao Algarve, Koldo Fernández
1st GP Llodio, Samuel Sánchez
1st Circuito de Getxo, Koldo Fernández
1st Subida Urkiola, Igor Antón
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Burgos, Koldo Fernández
2010
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country, Samuel Sánchez
1st Klasika Primavera, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Igor Antón
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Asturias, Pablo Urtasun
1st Stage 3b Vuelta a Asturias, Beñat Intxausti
1st Stage 5 Tour de Romandie, Igor Antón
1st Stage 1 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Rubén Pérez
1st Stage 4 Tour de Luxembourg, Gorka Izagirre
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia, Gorka Izagirre
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 1, Koldo Fernández
1st Stages 2 & 5, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stages 4 & 11 Vuelta a España, Igor Antón
1st Stage 16 Vuelta a España, Mikel Nieve
1st Tour de Vendée, Koldo Fernández
2011
1st GP Miguel Indurain, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 4 Tour of the Basque Country, Samuel Sánchez
1st Prologue Tour de Romandie, Jonathan Castroviejo
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid, Jonathan Castroviejo
1st Stage 14 Giro d'Italia, Igor Antón
1st Stage 15 Giro d'Italia, Mikel Nieve
1st Stage 12 Tour de France, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Burgos, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, Mikel Landa
1st Stage 19 Vuelta a España, Igor Antón
2012
1st Stage 6 Volta a Catalunya, Samuel Sánchez
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of the Basque Country, Samuel Sánchez
1st Stages 3 & 6 (ITT), Samuel Sánchez
1st Stage 2b (ITT) Vuelta a Asturias, Jon Izagirre
1st Stage 16 Giro d'Italia, Jon Izagirre
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia, Gorka Izagirre
1st Stage 7 Tour of Britain, Pablo Urtasun
2013
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Pablo Urtasun
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Juan José Lobato
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné, Samuel Sánchez
1st  Greece Time Trial Championships, Ioannis Tamouridis
1st  Greece Road Race Championships, Ioannis Tamouridis
1st Circuito de Getxo, Juan José Lobato

Grand Tour results[edit]

Top 10 general classification finishes

Tour de France
2003
5th – Haimar Zubeldia
6th – Iban Mayo
2006
9th – Haimar Zubeldia
2007
5th – Haimar Zubeldia
9th – Mikel Astarloza
2008
6th – Samuel Sánchez
2010
3rd – Samuel Sánchez
2011
6th – Samuel Sánchez
Vuelta a España
2000
6th – Roberto Laiseka
10th – Haimar Zubeldia
2002
5th – Iban Mayo
2005
10th – Samuel Sánchez
2006
7th – Samuel Sánchez
2007
3rd – Samuel Sánchez
8th – Igor Antón
2008
9th – Egoi Martínez
2009
2nd – Samuel Sánchez

Stage race results[edit]

Top 3 General Classification finishes

Tour of the Basque Country
2004
2nd – Iban Mayo
3rd – David Etxebarria
2007
3rd – Samuel Sánchez
2009
3rd – Samuel Sánchez
2012
1stSamuel Sánchez
Volta a Catalunya
2004
3rd – Roberto Laiseka
Euskal Bizikleta
2004
2nd – Roberto Laiseka
3rd – Samuel Sánchez
2005
3rd – Aketza Peña
2006
2nd – David Herrero
2008
2nd – Igor Antón
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2004
1stIban Mayo
2005
1stIñigo Landaluze
Tour de Suisse
2005
1stAitor González
2008
3rd – Igor Antón

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fundacioneuskadi.com/pag/ca_fundacion_creacion.asp?cod=1&ocultar=1&ocultarp=1 Foundation as described on the website of the FEC
  2. ^ "Euskaltel-Euskadi denies ‘deal for points’ with Oscar Freire". Velonews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Wynn, Nigel. "Fernando Alonso buys Euskaltel's WorldTour licence". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Phillips, Braden. "Alonso's purchase of Euskaltel-Euskadi team collapses". Reuters UK. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Euskaltel-Euskadi (EUS) – ESP". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Serebryakov returns positive out of competition test". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Chaoufi released by Euskaltel Euskadi". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 

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