Thursday, September 05, 2013

Chechu Rubiera and Kiko García linked to key roles at 'new' Euskaltel

Two former professionals are being linked with integral roles at Fernando Alonso's Euskaltel team from 2014 and onwards as the team, according to media reports at least, is slowly taking shape.

As reported earlier, current Euskaltel Euskadi head Igor González de Galdeano is more than likely to be  handed much the same role at Alonso's outfit.

Reports on Thursday suggests he might be joined by another fellow ONCE ex-pro. Deia and Cyclingnews claim to know Francisco José García Armendaris, more commonly known as "Kiko" García, is in line to be appointed team manager.

The now 45-year-old García rode professionally for the legendary black and yellow team in the '90s, two wins in the Clásica Alcobendas and appearances at the Olympics and in the Tour de France being the highlights.

Since then he's, among other jobs, worked for Vuelta organizers Unipublic and currently heads up eyewear giant Oakley's European marketing department. Oakley of course sponsors both Alonso and Samuel Sánchez.

If García does come on board, he's likely to be handed a team manager role. de Galdeano is expected to  work as a technical director.

Talking to Cyclingnews, García confirmed talks are ongoing.

"Discussions are on hold because of an imminent Formula One Grand Prix. However, talks will continue next week".

According to the rumour mill, yet another ex-pro might join the team management. José Luis "Chechu" Rubiera, himself from Asturias too of course, might be an advisor or a sports director, having retired from the sport three years ago.

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1 comment:

Holden Caulfield said...

Hi, Chechu Rubiera was interviewed a couple days ago on a Spanish television and he said that he would be happy to join but that he doesn't have any title to work as a professional manager. Miguel Madariaga was also interviewed on TV and he stated that this was good news for cyling but not so much for Basque cycling. He also said that there is a 97% possibilities that the team Euskadi won't be in any race next year.


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