Next week will see Euskaltel enter completely unchartered territory: for the first time in their long history, the 'orange armada' will line up in a host of Belgian semi-classics with designs on more than just participating.
Igor González de Galdeano's boys, to be directed by new sports director Óscar Guerrero, will next weekend embark on a series of four one-day races in Belgium and feature a host of the foreigners that were signed in the off-season.
The team will compete at the Ronde van Drenthe (March 9), Dwars door Drenthe (March 10), Nokere-Koerse (March 13) and the Handzame Classic (March 15), the team's website reports.
Spearheading the team will be Russian speedster Alexandre Serebryakov (who'll make his Euskaltel bow), Andalucían recruit "JJ" Lobato and German veteran Steffen Radochla.
The races will also mark the 'comeback' of wonderkid Pello Bilbao, who's gotten his 2013 season delayed by a knee injury.
- Jon Aberasturi
- Pello Bilbao
- Tarik Chaoufi
- Juan José Lobato
- Steffen Radochla
- Adrián Sáez
- Alexandre Serebryakov
- Pablo Urtasun
Photo: Euskaltel Euskadi