Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday round-up

  • Aitor Hernández got his wish fulfilled today as national coach José Luis De Santos included him in Spain's five-man team for the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Koksijde next weekend. The Orbea rider claimed another triumph yesterday, and was rewarded for a successful and consistent season by being selected for the greatest race on the calendar. Lining up alongside Hernández, will be Egoitz Murgoitio, Isaac Suárez, Javier Ruíz de Larriñaga and José Antonio Hermida. Basques Jon and Iñigo Gómez and Jonathan Lastra, as well as Pablo Rodríguez from Galicia, will represent their country in the sub-23 race, while Jaime Campo, José Manuel Ribera and Isaac Suárez's nephew Kevin will compete for the junior crown. Rocío Gamonal will take part in the women's race.
  • Pierre Cazaux will build his season around the Giro d'Italia, according to
  • In the hoping of arriving at the Mallorca Challenge in top shape, Orbea sprint duo Illart Zuazubiskar and Jon Aberasturi have taken to the track. The two competed at the Anoeta velodrome in San Sebastián yesterday, and new DS Álex Díaz was pleased with the workout. "We're training hard, and the guys did a good job", he told BiciCiclismo. "Everything is going to plan and the riders are eager to start the season".
  • The season is still some way off for sub-23 outfit Naturgas Energía, but the youngsters in red are, like Orbea, keen to get off on the right foot once they start their first race. Fundación Euskadi's website reports the team got together for a workout on Saturday, mainly to enhance the team-work according to boss Iñigo Urretxua.
  • Euskaltel new boy Ricardo García lists Lance Armstrong as his main idol. Read a short Q&A with the climber here.

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