Amets Txurruka

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Txurruka and the second or maternal family name is Ansola.
Amets Txurruka
Amets Txurruka 2016.jpg
Txurruka at the 2016 Tour of Britain.
Personal information
Full name Amets Txurruka Ansola
Born (1982-11-10) 10 November 1982 (age 34)
Etxebarria, Spain
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Team information
Current team Orica–Scott
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
2006 Barloworld
2007–2012 Euskaltel–Euskadi
2013–2015 Caja Rural
2016– Orica–GreenEDGE[1]
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Overall Combativity award (2007)

Stage races

Vuelta a Asturias (2013)
Tour du Gévaudan (2014)

Amets Txurruka Ansola (born 10 November 1982) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam Orica–Scott.[2]


Born in Etxebarria in the Basque Country, Txurruka made his Tour de France debut in 2007, memorably participating (alongside Pierrick Fédrigo) in a breakaway during Stage 12 that was caught just 1 km (0.6 mi) from the finish line. This effort earned him the red back numbers for most combative rider the next day. He was also indirectly benefited when Michael Rasmussen was withdrawn from the Tour; Txurruka was third in the young rider classification, behind Alberto Contador and Mauricio Soler. With Contador wearing the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification because of Rasmussen's withdrawal, and Soler wearing the polka dot jersey as leader of the mountains classification, Txurruka wore the white jersey that is given to the leader of the young rider classification.

He was also chosen as the most combative rider of whole Tour, being the third Spanish rider in a row (after Óscar Pereiro and David de la Fuente) to earn that award.

Txurruka was released by Euskaltel–Euskadi at the end of the 2012 season,[3] and joined Caja Rural for the 2013 season.[2] In the Tour of the Basque Country, Txurruka won both the mountains and sprint classification jerseys after being part of long breakaways for the first three stages.[4] In August 2015 Orica–GreenEDGE announced that they had signed Txurruka on a one-year deal for 2016.[5]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

5th GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano
8th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
8th Giro d'Oro
9th Overall Euskal Bizikleta
9th Overall Clásica Internacional de Alcobendas
6th Overall Vuelta a La Rioja
Tour de France
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 12
Overall Combativity award
6th Vuelta a La Rioja
8th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
10th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
7th Klasika Primavera
8th Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 13 Vuelta a España
6th Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st Overall Vuelta a Asturias
1st Stage 1
Tour of the Basque Country
1st Jersey white dots on red.svg Mountains classification
1st Jersey orange.svg Sprints classification
Vuelta a Burgos
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification
5th Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
9th Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Overall Tour du Gévaudan
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Tour des Fjords
9th Klasika Primavera
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 4 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 4 Tour of Norway
2nd Overall Vuelta a Asturias
4th Overall Tour de Beauce
1st Stage 2
4th Overall Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
5th Overall Tour des Fjords
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
5th Giro dell'Appennino[6]
10th Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise[7]
10th Circuito de Getxo
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 7 Vuelta a España

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro d'Italia 42 55
Yellow jersey Tour de France 23 52 DNF DNF DNF DNF
red jersey Vuelta a España 45 29 31 30 30 25 48 DNF
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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  2. ^ a b "Arroyo, Txurruka y Velasco destacan "el ambiente familiar" de Caja Rural y su "ilusión" por 2013" [Arroyo, Txurruka and Velasco emphasize "family atmosphere" of Caja Rural and its "enthusiasm" for 2013]. Biciciclismo (in Spanish). Cycling Total comunicación y servicios S.L. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Peter Cossins. "Txurruka Released By Euskaltel". Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Quintana wins overall at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Benson, Daniel (2 August 2015). "Orica-GreenEdge pounce to sign Amets Txurruka for 2016". Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fraile wins Giro dell'Appennino". 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ligthart wins Grand Prix La Marseillaise". 1 February 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 

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