I haven`t been able to post updates and news on Euskaltel as often as I would have liked, and should, these last few days. As you all know by now I`m on vacation, so my internet connection is rather limited as for now. Though, here`s what`s been going on with the Basque warriors since the Tour concluded.
Haimar will do the Vuelta a España in September. He and Samu, and perhaps also Igor, will spearhead Euskaltel`s chase for glory on home soil, though what Haimar`s objectives are I don`t know. I guess he won`t be in top, top shape, as he did the Tour recently, but expect Haimar to be on his consistent best; or at least close then I guess. More on the Vuelta later.
Tour hero and climbing prodigy Amets Txurruka has revealed his two next appointments. Amets will do the one-day climbing show piece Subida Urkiola, which Iban won last year, on the 12th of August, before heading for the 5-day Vuelta a Burgos on the 14th. If he`s managed to maintain his Tour form, I reckon he should be rated as one of the favourites for both races. Aupa Amets!
The Circuito de Getxo-Memorial Ricardo Otxoa was held today, but info has been hard to find on the race. The only thing I know is that a 28-man strong group got to fight it out for the win, and that Beñat Albizuri got a good 10th place on the day. Koldo was right behind him in 14th. Further down I find Iban Mayoz in 26th place, Andoni Aranaga in 38th place, only 7 seconds back, while Alán Pérez placed 53rd, Andoni Lafuente 86th, Lander Aperribay 87th, Aitor Galdos 92nd, Iban Iriondo was 93rd while Unai was 95th. Good stuff from Beñat, but a little disappointing from the rest I guess.