Euskaltel will fight for stage wins

Euskaltel - Euskadi will send a strong team to the Vuelta a España: even if the Olympic winner Samuel Sánchez and Haimar Zubeldia won't participate, Jon Odriozola, the sport director, is confident of the potential of his team. "It is a very competitive team. Riders like Mikel Astarloza, Egoi Martínez, Rubén and Alan Pérez, [Iñigo] Landaluze, [Iván] Velasco and Koldo Fernández de Larrea form a strong group that can play an important role. They are riders who know to be present in breakaway groups, they know how to move in a race. They are experienced cyclists who know to do their work. For me, the team is great."

Odriozola named the objectives for the Vuelta: "We will try to win a stage, but we will also focus on the general classification." The leader of the team will be 25-year-old Igor Antón. "He will reach his maturity in the sport, now in this race or later, but it will come. He is a rider who is able to win, but he still has to define some things." The young Basque finished this year's Tour de Suisse in third overall with one stage victory.

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