Euskadi Basque Country-Murias Taldea: there’s a project and a there’s a tide
The team captained by Jon Odriozola will compete in the professional continental category in 2018, which will give it access to top-level races, such as the Vuelta a España and the Vuelta al País Vasco.
Remember the orange tide that flooded the peaks of the Pyrenees during the Tour de France? Those victories by Laiseka and Samuel Sánchez in Luz Ardiden or by Iban Mayo in Alpe D’Huez? Remember the fans who lived and breathed for a team that they felt was their own, made up by cyclists who from an early age had formed part of the infinite reserve of Basque cycling?
Today we’re close to reliving moments like these: the Euskadi Basque Country-Murias Taldea has announced that in 2018 it will step up to the Pro Continental category, which will enable it to participate in World Tour races like the Vuelta al País Vasco, the Vuelta a España, Clásica de San Sebastián and, in the future, hopefully the Tour de France.
The team led by Jon Odriozola has managed to take this giant step forward in just three years. Founded in 2015, the aim of this project home-grown in Euskadi was always to bring Basque cycling back to the best races in the world and to be a leader in the maximum category for the rest of the reserve teams.
Promotion by the Basque Government and the Murias company, as well as by Orbea, which joined the project in 2016, have helped make it possible for Euskadi Basque Country-Murias Taldea to take the step forward to compete in the best international cycling races.
As a project built from the ground up, the team will continue to operate with a financing format in which both fans and companies can collaborate to make it possible for the Euskadi Basque Country-Murias Taldea project to continue to grow.
Over these three years, the Euskadi Basque Country-Murias Taldea has won the respect of the international squad for their fighting spirit, fairing well against Pro Tour teams in those races where they have had the chance to compete. As a matter of fact, some of their members, such as Ion Ander Insausti, have already been recruited by World Tour category squads.
Starting in 2018, we can dream about the riders of Euskadi Basque Country-Murias Taldea taking the baton from the former Euskaltel Euskadi team and inspiring us to take to the roadsides to cheer on the world’s best cycling.
There’s a project and there’s a tide!