"I'm not feeling as good as I should have, as I've been sick with bronchitis", the affable climber intimated to www.lne.es on the eve of Asturias. "If I'm feeling good, I'll give it a go in the race, but it'll be tough to return to competition. There's a limit for how bad it can go, though, as I've been training really well".
Seemingly born to climb mountains, Txurruka is naturally looking forward to a Vuelta a Asturias rich on climbs. He highlights one of his team-mates though as the team's go-to guy.
"Jon Izagirre is riding at a very high lever now. The team is mainly made up of youngsters, interspersed with speedy veterans like Pablo Urtasun. The parcours is really great, like it always is in this race. It's very hilly; constantly up and down. And there's the Naranco climb, which is very interesting. Because of the many mountains, I've always liked this particular race".
Team: Amets Txurruka, Pierre Cazaux, Victor Cabedo, Adrián Sáez, Jon Izagirre, Pablo Urtasun, Miguel Minguez and Peio Bilbao.