Friday, September 21, 2012

Orbea set for season finale

Orbea will close out their season at the Tour de Gévaudan over in France this weekend - hoping to dedicate a win to the fallen Víctor Cabedo, writes

The Continental-ranked Euskaltel Euskadi feeder team will send six riders to the two-day French race, taken out last year in commanding fashion by Guillaume Levarlet. Omar Fraile, fresh off a rather disappointing Worlds time trial showing, will be there, as will Illart Zuazubiskar, Igor Merino, Aritz Bagües, Mikel Bizkarra and the fast-finishing Jon Aberasturi. The latter, set to join Euskaltel next season, will look to conclude his stay in the characteristic blue jersey in the best possible way by giving the team its very first victory of the season.

"It's a tough and demanding race, perfect for the riders reaching the end of the season in strong form", DS Álex Díaz said. "The terrain is challenging; we'll climb the Col du Mendé, part of the Tour de France every year. It'll be a big challenge for us (seeing as most French pro outfits will be present), but we're ready to fight  and play our cards in the hope of winning".

Díaz added that Bizkarra in particular should be looked out for, as the youngster is apparently in "top shape".

Adrián Sáez, now with Euskaltel of course, was the team's highest placed rider on GC last year, coming in 24th after claiming 30th on day one and 18th on day two.

Check out the route and the start list here.

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