While many of his former team-mates at Euskaltel are now scrambling to ensure the continuity of their careers, Amets Txurruka has decided to extend his love-in with Caja Rural for another season.
The iconic little escalador swapped the orange of Euskaltel for the green of Caja Rural prior to this season and went on to enjoy arguably his best season on the bike since getting his breakthrough at the Tour de France in 2007.
A mountains jersey in the Vuelta al País Vasco and a stage and the overall of the Vuelta a Asturias gave the Pro Continental team some handy triumphs and some much-needed exposure, and sports director Eugenio Goikoetxea was only too keen to keep the 31-year-old on.
"It's great for the team that he's prolonging his contract", he told the team's website. "We've seen throughout his career what he's able to and what he's done this year, so we're very pleased he's decided to extend his stay with us".