By Monika Prell
Javier Aramendia Lorente (Orbea-Laukiz F.T.) will compete the Tour de l'Avenir with the Spanish Under 23 Team. The 20 year-old will ride next year for Euskaltel-Euskadi.
He talked to Gara about the race, for which he has not set himself any target. "I think that I am well prepared and I want to give the best I can. If it's possible, of course, I will try something. Whatever will come will be welcome. I am keen to compete... I also want to learn," confirmed Aramendia about the race that starts today in Belle-Île-en-Mer, and finishes on September 15 in Saint-Flour.
Aramendia explained that "the first stages are flat, the last four are mountain stages. There does not seem to be long ascents... but there will surely be [unpredictable] attacks." For this reason, the young rider is a bit insecure "whether we will ride well or not."
Riding for the Under 23 selection seems to him an award for the work he accomplished during the season. "This means that I did something well, it's like compensation. Furthermore, that way the season is extended, because in the month when the most races are held, in May, I broke my collarbone, and later on, I had an accident with a tractor. Now is the moment when I am best in form."