By Monika Prell
Euskaltel-Euskadi will compete in the Euskal Bizikleta, the home race of the orange-clad riders, with the hope of winning the race June 8-10. The team will participate with the following eight riders: Samuel Sánchez, Unai Etxebarria, Jon Bru, Amets Txurruka, Beñat Albizuri, Iban Iriondo, Lander Aperribay, and Iban Mayoz. Xabier Carbayeda will serve as director.
Samuel Sánchez will be the leader after his stage wins in the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Volta a Catalunya. He described the goals of the team. "Our intention and our objective is the victory. Primarily will be acting like a team. I have the impression that this will be a crazy race with distinctive intervals. I feel quite good before this race, in the Volta [a Catalunya] I was always struggling and I got a stage win. I want to be prudent. I am in a good competition form, but in a race like this, with four so-complicated and nervous stages, many things can happen, and many will have their fingers in the pie," said the Asturian.