By Monika Prell
The Euskaltel - Euskadi team was among those picked by RCS Sport for the Giro d'Italia starting in Palermo. During the Basque team's presentation in January, Iván Velasco, Dionisio Galparsoro and Aitor Galdos said to Cyclingnews that they thought they should ride the Giro d'Italia.
The team's next step will be to prepare in a training camp from February 3 to 9. Team director Miguel Madariaga and technical secretary Igor González de Galdeano will assemble the riders in Calpe in the east coast of Spain, before the squad races in the Challenge of Mallorca from February 10 to 14. The team will learn how to work and training together and will plan in detail its season.
Named participants for the Challenge of Mallorca are Josu Agirre, Beñat Albizuri, Javier Francisco Aramendia, Aitor Galdos, Aitor Hernández, Amets Txurruka, Rubén Pérez, Jon Bru, Markel Irizar, Iñigo Landaluze, Andoni Lafuente, Iván Velasco, Gorka Verdugo and Haimar Zubeldia.
Later in February, Euskaltel - Euskadi will head to the Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta Ciclista del Sol from February 17 to 21, and then to the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from February 26 to March 1.