PRESS RELEASE: Igor González de Galdeano, Euskaltel-Euskadi’s manager, and Miguel Madariaga, the President of the Euskadi Foundation, have announced four new projects geared to achieving maximum transparency for the team and the eradication of doping cases.

The projects will consist of four innovative lines of action: a new anti-doping program, metabolic analysis, psychological work and new technologies.

This year, the cyclists have signed a new code of ethics and the team has requested a meeting with the UCI to inform it of the new developments first-hand. In González de Galdeano’s opinion, “we need to find solutions and put the resources on the table to protect the team and the sponsors, and to make sure there are no new doping cases. We have to protect the sponsors against any athletes who try to cheat, and work in a more transparent way”. Madariaga assured that these projects will also be applied in youth cycling, in both the Orbea Continental and Naturgas teams.

The cost of the four projects put into practice by Euskaltel-Euskadi is 450,000 Euros.

OTHER TEAM NEWS: Antón and Intxausti to ride in the Tour of Spain

Igor Antón and Beñat Intxausti have already filled in their agenda for the new season. The two climbers will be competing in the Majorca Challenge and the Tour of the Algarve, and will coincide again in September on the Tour of Spain.

Igor Antón will be taking part in the Majorca Challenge (7-11 February), the Tour of the Algarve (17-21 February), the Tour of Catalonia (22-28 March), the Grand Prix Miguel Indurain (3 April), the Klasika Primavera (11 April), the Tour of Castilla y León (14-18 April), the Flèche Wallonne (21 April), the Liege-Bastogne-Liege (25 April) and the Tour of Romandie (27 April-2 May).

Beñat Intxausti will also be competing in the Mallorca Challenge and the Tour of the Algarve, and his other dates are the Paris-Nice (7-14 March), the Critérium International (27-28 March), the Grand Prix Miguel Indurain (3 April), the Tour of the Basque Country (5-10 April), the Klasika Primavera (11 April) and the Tour of Asturias (28 April-2 May).

Thanks to Ronnie @ Orbea for the news.

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