Sunday, November 25, 2012

de la Parte angered by lack of reward

Despite only joining Greek professional team SP Tableware in June, Basque Victor de la Parte racked up a healthy number of wins in UCI stage-races this season. A stage and the overall of the Sibiu Cycling Tour, a stage and second overall at the Romanian Cycling Tour and seventh at the Spanish national championship time trial was the net result of an impressive few months, but at the end of the campaign he still found himself short on offers. Having rejected a chance to ride for a Chinese team, the 26-year-old opted to prolong his stay in Greece.

Hailing from Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque capital, the former Caja Rural prodigy would no doubt have hoped to attract the interest of either his home team or his former one, but none were interested. And the irony of Tableware team-mate Ioannis Tamouridis joining 'The Carrots' instead of himself wasn't lost on de la Parte when he spoke to Gara this weekend.

"I'm the Basque who's won the most races, I have the sufficient quality, and someday that should matter", he said. "I had an offer from a Continental team in China, but it would have been too much hassle. Therefore I decided to stay here, do a full calendar and keep scoring points".

The all-rounder was initially set for a move to Italy earlier in the season, but when that opportunity disappeared, a good friend came calling.

"When all doors were closing on me, Joaquin Sobrino told me he could talk to his team. Through him and a manager I negotiated a contract that would start in June. I didn't think twice about making the move, as everything appeared to be lost then. When I was given the chance, the results came quickly as I was so motivated".

Speaking of Tamouridis, de la Parte didn't sound overly optimistic about his erstwhile team-mate's 2013 prospects.

"We heard the rumours of his move when in China. He was very excited to be on a WorldTour team, and I told him it was killing me, as that was my local team where I wasn't able to land a deal. He's a 32-year-old who's very good in one-day races, but I don't know how he'll do in the WorldTour".

Photo: Marca


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