Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stars turn out for Sagasti tribute

A host of former and current stars of the sport yesterday turned out in Mungia for a tribute to the late Agustín Sagasti. Sagasti, who'll forever be remembered as the rider who took Euskaltel's, or the Equipo Euskadi as it was known back then, very first win back in 1994, committed suicide in november of last year at the tender age of 39. A family-led tribute took place in his hometown of Mungia, Vizcaya, yesterday, and several cycling celebrities took the time to show up in respect of the man who's career was cruely cut short in only his second year as a pro when he got run over by a car while doing the Vuelta a los Valles Mineros in Asturias. Team heads Madariaga and Galdeano were there, and so too were former climbing ace Roberto Laiseka, a crocked Igor Antón, former DS Julián Gorospe, Spanish cycling great Marino Lejarreta, masseur Gabino Ereñozaga, former football 'keeper legend José Ángel Iribar of Bilbao and Spain fame, and former punchy rider Mikel Artetxe. Quite a star-studded line-up. Speaking to DEIA afterwards, Igor Antón said: "Not only did he take the team's first victory. After his retirement, he was also seleccionador for the Basque Cycling Federation where he did fantastic work for this sport".

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