Izagirre brothers to lead Bahrain-Merida's aspirations at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Mar 31 2018 01:58 pm CET

Izagirre brothers to lead Bahrain-Merida's aspirations at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Izagirre brothers to lead Bahrain-Merida's aspirations at Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Bahrain-Merida © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Gorka and Ion Izagirre will lead Bahrain-Merida at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The Spaniards will have the company of Vincenzo Nibali.

The Spanish race is a good test for the condition ahead of the Grand Tours because of its challenging and diverse climbs. "The Vuelta is one of the toughest races on the international calendar and also this year's edition presents many very challenging climbs," Sports Director Gorazd Stangelj commented.

"Starting from the first stage that could already be decisive in delineating the possible winners. Our two leaders will be Ion and Gorka Izagirre: the route adapts very well to their characteristics."

This is a special race for the Izagirre brothers as it takes place in their homeland. "It's a special race, it's the home race! I trained well and I feel good," commented Ion. "The path I like with so many climbs that I know well: there is also the 19km time trial that is completely flat. I tried the route a month ago and I found it not very technical but very fast."

Gorka can't wait either to start in the competition. "It's the race that every young Basque dream to win," he said. "Up to now, I am happy with my season and with the results, I achieved in the Tour of Oman and Paris-Nice. I expect a very hard race in the last two stages where everything can happen."

Complete roster of Bahrain-Merida for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (2nd to the 7th of April):

Vincenzo Nibali
Ion Izagirre
Gorka Izagirre
Franco Pellizotti
Mark Padun
Yukiya Arashiro
Herman Pernsteiner




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