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Euskaltel-Euskadi
EUS logo.png
Team information
UCI code EUS
Based  Spain
Founded 1994
Discipline(s) Road
Status ProTour
Key personnel
General manager Igor González de Galdeano
Team name history
2005–
ProTour
2001–2004
Div. I
1998–2000
1995–1997
1994
Euskaltel-Euskadi
(EUS)
Euskaltel-Euskadi
(EUS)
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Equipo Euskadi
Euskadi-Petronor
Euskaltel-Euskadi Jersey 2007 Tour de France.png
Cycling current event.svg Current season

Euskaltel-Euskadi (UCI Team Code: EUS) is a professional road bicycle racing team. The team is commercially sponsored, but also works as an unofficial Basque national team and is partly funded by the Basque Government. Its riders are either Basque, or at least have grown up in the Basque cycling culture. Its sponsor is Euskaltel, a Basque telecom company. Euskatel-Euskadi is famous for its all-orange team kits, and it has been known to hand out orange Euskaltel t-shirts and Basque flags to fans when the Tour de France makes a swing into the Basque Country.

After a breakthrough 2003 Tour de France during which both Iban Mayo and Haimar Zubeldia finished in the top-10 of the general classification, with Mayo winning the Alpe d'Huez stage, Euskaltel-Euskadi was considered to be a strong contender for the 2004 Tour de France. Iban Mayo's commanding victory in the Dauphiné Libéré stage race (traditionally seen as one of the tests for Tour de France contenders), including defeating Lance Armstrong in the Mont Ventoux hill climb individual time trial stage, further fueled the hype. Unfortunately, Mayo was injured in a crash on a pavé section of an early stage of the Tour de France, and abandoned in the first Pyrénées stage. Zubeldia also failed to deliver in the same edition of Tour de France, to the chagrin of Basque fans lining the road. "I wish that our uniform was not so easy to spot," admitted directeur sportif Julian Gorospe.

In the 2005 season the team recruited Aitor González, who won the Tour de Suisse. They again failed to make an impression in the 2005 Tour de France.

Created in 1994, the team has participated in seven Tours de France with three stage wins, most recently in 2009. In 2006 the sporting director Julian Gorospe was replaced by Igor González de Galdeano, who became technical secretary, and the team budget is $7.8 million.

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Results

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Wins

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Grand Tour results

Stage race results

Top 3 General Classification finishes

2010 roster

As of 1 January 2010.

Rider Date of Birth
 Igor Antón (ESP) March 2, 1983 (1983-03-02) (age 26)
 Javier Aramendia (ESP) December 5, 1986 (1986-12-05) (age 23)
 Jorge Azanza (ESP) June 16, 1982 (1982-06-16) (age 27)
 Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP) April 27, 1987 (1987-04-27) (age 22)
 Sergio De Lis (ESP) May 9, 1986 (1986-05-09) (age 23)
 Koldo Fernández (ESP) September 13, 1981 (1981-09-13) (age 28)
 Aitor Galdós (ESP) November 8, 1979 (1979-11-08) (age 30)
 Aitor Hernández (ESP) January 24, 1982 (1982-01-24) (age 27)
 Beñat Intxausti (ESP) March 20, 1986 (1986-03-20) (age 23)
 Iñaki Isasi (ESP) April 20, 1977 (1977-04-20) (age 32)
 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (ESP) October 7, 1987 (1987-10-07) (age 22)
 Egoi Martínez (ESP) May 15, 1978 (1978-05-15) (age 31)
 Miguel Minguez Ayala (ESP) August 30, 1988 (1988-08-30) (age 21)
Rider Date of Birth
 Mikel Nieve (ESP) May 26, 1984 (1984-05-26) (age 25)
 Juan José Oroz (ESP) November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07) (age 29)
 Alan Pérez (ESP) July 15, 1982 (1982-07-15) (age 27)
 Rubén Pérez (ESP) October 30, 1981 (1981-10-30) (age 28)
 Samuel Sánchez (ESP) February 5, 1978 (1978-02-05) (age 31)
 Daniel Sesma Sorbet (ESP) June 18, 1984 (1984-06-18) (age 25)
 Romain Sicard (FRA) January 1, 1989 (1989-01-01) (age 21)
 Amets Txurruka (ESP) November 10, 1982 (1982-11-10) (age 27)
 Pablo Urtasun (ESP) March 29, 1980 (1980-03-29) (age 29)
 Iván Velasco (ESP) February 8, 1980 (1980-02-08) (age 29)
 Gorka Verdugo (ESP) November 4, 1978 (1978-11-04) (age 31)

Team equipment

  • Bike: Orbea
  • Components: Shimano
  • Wheels: Shimano
  • Apparel: Etxe-Ondo
  • Saddles: Selle Italia
  • Helmets: Catlike

See also

References

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