Friday, September 27, 2013

New Basque team in the making

To make up for the disappearance of Euskaltel Euskadi and the Continental-ranked Equipo Euskadi, the Basque Cycling Federation is working on setting up a new team for next year.

According to the president of the federation, José Luis Arrieta, the team is likely to consist of 16 to 20 riders (all under the age of 25), have a Continental or Pro Continental license, and a budget in the range of 1,5-2 million euro.

According to BiciCiclismo, the team's goal is to eventually participate in the biggest races on the domestic calendar - including the Vuelta a España, Vuelta al País Vasco and the Clásica San Sebastián.

"Yes, I think the team is viable", he told Radio Euskadi. "It's feasible, it's possible. Hopefully we'll be able to register the team with UCI in time. Ideally we'd be Pro Continental, but if not we'll take it step by step. What's pivotal is to create a group of riders, maintain the motivation and to have a decent budget".

Basque Cycling News will naturally have more on this case as it develops.


laurencea said...

hurrah! as a non-Basque Basque cycling fan this is good news. gora Euskadi

Michael said...

I'm pleased to hear this news! The story must go on...

Josh Buehner said...

I'll believe it when I see it. My heart's been broken enough times already.

Honestly, this would be better than the 'Alonso Salvation' that never came. I'd rather lose EE, it's riders, and a generation of talent while bolstering the Conti ranks and keep the young talent at home.

There's always the future. And in the not-so-distant future, there will most certainly be a very Basque-y WT Team again. Of that I am sure. But the only way for that to happen is to keep the Conti ladder intact.

Smart thinking

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