Sunday, May 29, 2011

Provisional Tour squad leaked have gotten hold of Euskaltel's long-list for the Tour de France. It's not very exciting reading though. The usual suspects are purportedly already assured of a berth (Samu, Txurruka, Martínez, R Pérez and Verdugo that is), while four from the following nine will complete the roster: Velasco, Oroz, A Pérez, Landa, G Izagirre, Isasi, Castroviejo, Koldo and Urtasun. I'd love to see Castroviejo and G Izagirre being given their Tour bow; they're both in their second year with the team and ready for the challenge I reckon. Landa, being a neo-pro and all, will likely come up short, while Oroz's chances of making the squad is hanging by a thread after his crash-enforced DNF in the Giro here the other day. If he recovers fairly quickly, though, I expect him to get a ride. Velasco, having matured into one of the team's mainstays over the last couple of years, is also likely to be given the nod. Veteran Isasi will likely take his place alongside Samu if he recovers well after this year's arduous Giro. I can't really see either Urtasun or Koldo making the squad unless they start producing some results. My bet? Isasi, Velasco, Oroz and Castroviejo.

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