Xabier Zandio

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zandio and the second or maternal family name is Echaide.
Xabier Zandio
Xabier Zandio CD 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Xabier Zandio Echaide
Born (1977-03-17) 17 March 1977 (age 38)
Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Sky
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climbing Domestique
Professional team(s)
2001–2010 iBanesto.com
2011– Team Sky
Major wins
Clásica a los Puertos (2005)
Vuelta a Burgos (2008)
Infobox last updated on
4 January 2014

Xabier Zandio Echaide (born 17 March 1977) is a Spanish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Team Sky.[1]


Born in Pamplona, Zandio grew up in a sporting family—one brother is a footballer and another a pelota player—and decided at the age of 17 to become a cyclist rather than work for his parents' butchery business.

He began his professional career in 2001 with the iBanesto.com team (which was renamed Illes Balears-Banesto in 2004, and Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne in 2005). After a difficult 2004 season in which injuries drained him physically and emotionally, he returned with a strong performance in the 2005 Tour de France. Finishing in 22nd place overall, he managed 4th in the 18th stage, and 2nd in the 16th, behind Óscar Pereiro.

He currently resides in Pamplona with his fiancée.


1st Stage 1 (TTT) Volta a Portugal
1st Clásica a los Puertos de Guadarrama
6th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
22nd Overall Tour de France
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Giro del Trentino


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