Monday, September 24, 2012

Quartet signs on

As was expected, Gorka Verdugo, Rubén Pérez, Juan José Oroz and Miguel Minguez have prolonged their stays with the team.

So writes BiciCiclismo Monday afternoon. The four were reported to being close to extending their stays with the orange outfit ahead of the past weekend, and it now seems the four have put pen to paper on their respective deals. The length of their contracts was not revealed.

This latest development means the team now has 17 riders signed up for 2013:
  • Jon Aberasturi
  • Igor Antón
  • Peio Bilbao
  • Garikoitz Bravo
  • Ricardo García
  • Gorka Izagirre
  • Ion Izagirre
  • Mikel Landa
  • Egoi Martínez
  • Miguel Minguez
  • Mikel Nieve
  • Juan José Oroz
  • Rubén Pérez
  • Adrián Sáez
  • Samuel Sánchez
  • Romain Sicard
  • Gorka Verdugo
Jorge Azanza, Mikel Astarloza, Pierre Cazaux and Pablo Urtasun are set for showdown talks this weekend, with Igor González de Galdeano reportedly keen to get his complete roster set by the end of the week.

The four riders not staying on for sure is Amets Txurruka, Iván Velasco, Alan Pérez (retired) and Víctor Cabedo (deceased).

The number of foreign riders to join naturally depends on whether Astarloza, Azanza and co. can reach an agreement with the team directors, but if they do, they would leave seven spots on the roster open to non-Basques as the team is likely to consist of 28 riders next year.


Kristof said...

If it was up to me only Urtasun is a must have looking to the quartet who still have to sign. Azanza may stay, the others Astarloza and Cazaux I defenitely would like to leave.

Franck said...

Urtasun and Astarloza should re-sign.Very incertain for Cazaux and Azanza.

Kristof said...

Why should Astarloza re-sign? How good is he, now he's riding clean? Don't think he's got one WT point... Azanza has a bit my sympathy since last TDF, surely is not a big talented guy but did what he could. Cazaux, well yes, think we all have the same opinion about it.

Franck said...

"Urtasun y Astarloza están cerca de renovar"

Anonymous said...

Astarloza, Azanza and Urtasun have to stay

Chris said...

All 4 have to stay if the other side is that place are filled with non-Basks.
Astarloza was riding very strong in the Vuelta, Kristoff. Always attacking and a powerfull work-horse.

Cazaux is one of the most attacking Euskaltel riders I know. Azanza is a worthy luitenant for Sanchez and we all know Urtasun.

Today I read maybe Gerdemann and Schulze are riding for Euskaltel in 2013.... :-(.

Franck said...

And Ricardo Mestre.

"Outra notícia referente a Tavira: segundo me dizem, o Record avança que Ricardo Mestre poderá estar a caminho da Euskaltel-Euskadi. Para poder continuar no World Tour, a equipa precisa de pontos, que são atribuídos numa escala tão famosa quanto misteriosa. Como tal, a equipas abriu a porta a estrangeiros (não bascos) e já foi anunciado como reforço o esloveno Jure Kocjan. Ricardo Mestre pode ser o próximo estrangeiro, ele que tem pelo menos os pontos do Troféu Joaquim Agostinho deste ano e talvez do Troféu Joaquim Agostinho e Volta a Portugal do ano passado, se é que ainda contam para algo."

Magnus said...

Thanks for the link Franck, didn't know that!

Nick said...

On Cycling Fever's rumours and transfers section, they list Jose Rujano to Euskaltel as a rumour as of today

Anyone heard any talk in the papers or the press about this???


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