The Tour, a dream for Antón

Igor Antón at the Dauphiné

Igor Antón at the Dauphiné (Image credit: Sirotti)

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Igor Antón debuted in 2004 with Euskaltel-Euskadi and soon after reached his dream. "It was to gain a stage in a great race, on the Calar Alto climb, in the Vuelta 2006. I do not think that I will have that feeling ever again," he commented in

Why not in the next Tour de France? "For me, to be there, in London, will be a prize. I will take part in the best race of the world with the best riders of the world too. Uff! I think I'll enjoy it."

Antón just came off three weeks of racing in Italy. "The Giro d'Italia was an adventure." He used his good form in the Dauphiné Libéré. On the climb up Mont Ventoux he managed to finish third. "When you are climbing such as mythic mountain, you feel respect towards it. Previously, I only knew about these great climbs through television."

The Euskaltel promising rider was inspired to start riding a bike by a poster he saw of Marco Pantani and by mountains of the Tour on summer holidays.

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