I've selected the nine riders I reckon Euskaltel should send to the Giro d'Italia in May (feel free to leave comments/alternative line-ups):
- Dioni Galparsoro: Already assured of a spot according to Galdeano. Will probably be the main rider for the GC, as he's a quality climber Dioni. Could be a real protagonist if he avoids accidents, injuries and all that.
- Koldo Fernández: After several near-misses in the last GTs he's contested, maybe this will be the year Koldo grabs his first REAL big win. Will also probably ride it.
- Beñat Albizuri: Has ridden the Giro before, and knows what it's all about. He'd be vital to get Koldo into a good position for the sprints, as he's fast and clever, and is also strong in the breaks. The experience would also do him good.
- Iván Velasco: Will be targeting the Giro. Showed good form Down Under, and is a good all-rounder. There are too many mountains on the menu for him to do a good GC, but could be a handy man in the breaks.
- Iñigo Landaluze: Will likely take to the start, and perhaps the Giro would be the venu for him to get his first, and richly-deserved, GT stage-win. Could serve as ideal praperation for the Tour.
- Antton Luengo: Has done the Giro before, and will hopefully give it another crack. He's a man for the climbs, so the Giro should really suit him if he finds the right form.
- Aitor Galdos: Will be eager to ride, as he's spent much of his career in Italy. Aitor and Koldo in tandem could be a lethal combination.
- Markel Irizar: Performed amazingly in the TTs last year, and hopefully he can take another step this year. He's shown he can tackle a three-week race, so I'd give him a ticket to Italy no doubt.
- Aitor Hernández: Was the leader last time round, but fell victim to a pile-up. He's a decent climber, so I'd love to see him give it another go. Could lead the team together with Dioni.