The Navarran contingent at Euskaltel is now up to four; five if you include sports director Jon Odriozola. Gorka Verdugo, Alan Perez, Jorge Azanza and Jon Bru are the riders from the Basque region, and here`s how fellow Navarran Jon Odriozola evaluates them in his own words:
- Gorka Verdugo: The reliability For us Euskaltel directors, Gorka is a guarantee. He`ll always turn in solid performances, no matter what race or state of form he`s in. He`s a very calm man, so I hope Gorka can take yet another step forward. He`s a rider for the important races. He made the cut for the Tour last year, and can definetely repeat that feat. He`s won our confidence.
- Alan Perez : Our bet for the future I have much confidence in him, and I know him very well. I directed him at Orbea, and I can tell you he`s the kind of rider who would give 100 % for the team at any time. He`s young and talented, so next year he`ll probably ride either the Giro or the Vuelta. We expect much of him, so he has to deliver some results this year.
- Jorge Azanza : The quality I like him and his attitude very much. He`s got the quality, and he`s got our confidence, so he may be the surprise of the season this year. Jorge will probably ride the Tour. If that doesn`t happen, he`ll anyway ride one of the other two GTs.
- Jon Bru : The winner We expect Jon to win some races for us next season, as he`s come here to win. He`s got the experience and the quality, and here he`ll definetely win some races; though how many I do not know. He`s in the prime age for a cyclist, so we expect the maximum of effort from him. He`s a classics rider, so he`ll ride all the big one-day classics for sure.
From Noticias de Álava