Zandio at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
|Full name||Xabier Zandio Echaide|
17 March 1977 |
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Current team||Team Sky|
|Rider type||Climbing Domestique|
|Clásica a los Puertos (2005)
Vuelta a Burgos (2008)
|Infobox last updated on
4 January 2014
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.
Media related to Xabier Zandio at Wikimedia Commons
- Xabier Zandio profile at Team Sky
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