Goikoetxea and Euskaltel-Euskadi harness Basque attacking spirit at Tour of Oman

EuskatelEuskadis rider Peio Goikoetxea poses on the podium after winning the gold jersey Most aggressive rider in the 2022 Oman Tour in Muscat on February 15 2022 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images
Peio Goikoetxea (Euskaltel-Euskadi) celebrating his gold jersey win as most aggressive rider at the Tour of Oman (Image credit: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images)

While the main stories at the Tour of Oman concerned the sprint showdowns between Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), as well as the GC showdowns at Qurayyat and Green Mountain, day by day the men in orange – the Basque squad of Euskaltel-Euskadi – made their presence felt.

Their man Peio Goikoetxea came away from the race with the combativity prize – a golden jersey among the red, green and white of Oman's flag – which combines both mountain and intermediate sprint competitions into one.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.