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By Antonio J. Salmerón Professional Continental team Andalucía Cajasur will start its season in...
By Antonio J. Salmerón
Professional Continental team Andalucía Cajasur will start its season in Argentina, at the Tour de San Luis (January 19-25). The Spanish team, now in its fifth year, hopes for their best season ever, with a roster of riders based around the experienced Xavi Tondo, Manuel Calvente, Ángel Vicioso and Javier Ramírez Abeja.
Ramírez Abeja returns to the professional peloton after a year off. He started his career with Liberty-Würth and raced for Fuerteventura-Canarias in 2007. José A. Redondo, José Luis Carrasco (winner of a stage in the 2008 Volta a Catalunya) and the always combative José A. López Gil round out the roster.
Antonio Cabello is the manager of the team, with ex-professionals Francisco Cabello and Martínez Oliver acting as the directeurs sportifs. The team also has a U23 and junior development team.
This year, the calendar for Andalucía is comprised of about 30 races in Europe and Mexico, but the main goal is definitely the Vuelta a España. If the team gets invited it will be the third consecutive invitation to the Spanish Grand Tour.
The team will start its continental racing with the Challenge de Mallorca (February 8-12) before its home race, the Vuelta a Andalucia (February 15-19). The first ProTour race for Andalucía Cajasur will be the Volta a Catalunya (May 18-24)