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Xabier Berasategi, umpteenth Basque pearl, first signing of Euskaltel-Euskadi for 2023

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The Euskaltel-Euskadi of the future is already taking shape. Following its policy of signing the most promising riders from its training structures, the orange team has signed Xabier Berasategi (2000) for the next two seasons (2023 and 2024). A runner who has performed with flying colors on the amateur calendar and will seek to continue his level within professionalism.

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Berasategi has won the last two editions of the Euskaldun Tournament (2021 and 2022). To his credit victories in Olaberría, Colindres, Besain and Markina. Or in the Vuelta a Cantabria in 2020. And, the most recent, is performing like a charm in the main race of the Giro d’Italia Sub-23, as he ranked 25th in the Giro d’Italia Sub-23, which was won by one of the main figures of the next peloton, Leo Hayter. Brother of Ethan, new star of Ineos.

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In the Italian round, Berasategi was involved in the fight for stage wins. He highlighted his fourth place on the fifth day, in which he arrived in the final quintet that disputed the victory in the Peravagno legbreaker. That day Gil Gelders won, with a more explosive resolution. “I am satisfied to fight in such a high level race,” said the Basque.

He becomes the sixth cyclist in the current squad who has made the leap from Laboral Kutxa: Ballarín, Azparren. Etxebarria, Iribar and Isasa. Proof of the growth of a way to generate talent. “It’s been four years at Laboral Kutxa in which the goal has always been to improve as a cyclist every year and in the end the opportunity to take this leap has come”, said the cyclist. “Over the years he has matured and this season he has taken a step forward in terms of quality, with victories and numerous positions of honor; he is regular, moreover, and has a good ending,” said the director of his new team, Jorge Azanza.

Euskaltel is taking giant steps towards its goal of establishing itself in the cycling elite. Your safe participation in LaVuelta ensures part of the success, the other is that the Azparren, Bizkarra or the newcomer Berasategi give results that mean points and prestigious positions.



Source: www.marca.com

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