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Izagirre brothers considering offers from UAE Team Emirates and Astana

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Ion Izagirre attacks from the breakaway

Ion Izagirre attacks from the breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) takes Spanish road race title

Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) takes Spanish road race title (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) takes Spanish road race title

Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) takes Spanish road race title (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Ion and Gorka Izagirre will leave Bahrain-Merida at the end of the season, with UAE Team Emirates and Astana leading the bidding for their services.

The brothers raced together at Movistar before Ion joined Bahrain in their debut season last year, and Gorka followed across at the start of this year.

Gorka, 30, has had a strong year, becoming Spanish national champion as well as finishing on the podium of Paris-Nice and the Tour of Oman. Ion, 29, finished third at the Vuelta al País Vasco but his performances have been more low-key than his debut season at Bahrain, or than his final years with Movistar. In fact, following his glittering 2016 campaign for Movistar, he hasn’t won a race for Bahrain.

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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.