Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This win was for team's future, says Larrinaga

Jon Larrinaga added to Equipo Euskadi's already impressive list of top results this year by taking a stage and the overall of the Tour de Gironde the past weekend.

It was a milestone in young Larrinaga's career, seeing as it was his first ever professional wins. For the 22-year-old, though, they carried even greater significance - that of his team's existence.

Like pretty much every single team in the Spanish peloton, the Continental-ranked Euskadi outfit is in a desperate hunt for sponsorship money.

Team head Miguel Madariaga said in February that the team might cease to exist by July if he doesn't succeed in convincing a new sponsor to come on board. In a few days it'll be June. In other words, the clock is ticking and fast.

"Miguel has already said it'll be hard if another sponsor doesn't show up. It'll be impossible to keep the team going. But now we're showing this team is solid and important", he tells Gara.

"We're motivated and eager to do well", he continues. "We're a tight-knit group, the ambience within the team is good and that shows in every race. I'll kill myself for one of the guys one day, and they'll do the same for me the next day".

According to the newspaper's knowledgeable scribe Joseba Iturria, the team has never started a season this well.

With only ten riders on the payroll, the team has grabbed three wins and 15 top ten placings courtesy of six of its riders - and we're only in May.

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