By Brecht Decaluwé
An unexpected rider at the start of the cyclo-cross UCI race in Neerpelt was Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez. The 2005 winner of the Clásica San Sebastián and 2007 winner of the Euskal Bizikleta is currently without a team and he is desperately looking for a sponsor. Zaballa began the season with the Portuguese LA-MSS squad, but a mid-season doping scandal put an end to the team.
Zaballa showed up for the 'cross race in a plain skin suit with a plea for sponsorship emblazoned on his chest.
The 30 year-old did well by winning a small national cross race on Saturday in Knesselare and finishing eighteenth on Sunday in Neerpelt, against the best riders around. Zaballa explained to sport.be that he wants to ride in the Superprestige Series and the Gazet van Antwerpen trophy during this cyclo-cross season.