Euskaltel’s foreign legion

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As we all know, this season has marked the first time that the boys from the Basque Country have had riders on the roster than weren’t Basque or hadn’t come up through the Fundación Euskadi youth system. Here’s a look at how these imports have done so far this season.
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The International Basques

Finally I have the internet, so here’s some more news about Euskaltel’s transfer dealings.  I was planning a big post about the rather more important news of the week but everything has pretty much been covered at this point, so here we are. Continue reading “The International Basques”

The Euskaltel Problem

Every few years or so, it seems that we have a piece of news  telling us that the Basque national team, Euskaltel-Euskadi, is under threat of folding. However, this time, the threat seems more serious than it has been before. Today it was announced that the team is one of the five that are not in the top fifteen on the UCI’s sporting value points ranking. Assuming the top fifteen are ok with regards to the other UCI criteria (administrative, ethical and financial), Euskaltel will be fighting it out with the three French squads AG2R, Europcar and FDJ, and possibly whatever becomes of Geox-TMC for the remaining three WorldTour spots. It does, however, seem that Geox would need some sort of miracle to exist next year.

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