The professional staff of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA continues growing for 2021. To the three signings and the four announced renewals we add four more names that expand their contracts with the green squad for the next season. These are four riders who defend themselves well in the mountains and ensure a presence in level races: Julen Amézqueta, Jon Irisarri, Álvaro Cuadros and Joel Nicolau.
For Amézqueta (1993) it will be his fourth season with the team after overcoming difficult moments like injuries. He was able to come back to his best level as he demonstrated with his KOM jersey in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali or his good performance in the recent edition of Vuelta a España. For Xabier Muriel, the team’s sports director, “after the injury and the operation he had, he has reached a level that perhaps he hadn’t had before. He has just made a great Vuelta and we hope that next year he will take one more step and be with the best ”.
Jon Irisarri (1995) faces his fifth year as a professional (rising from the development team) with the aim of continuing to progress and demonstrating all his skills. “He was one of the best U23s in the category and although it was difficult for him to adapt to professionalism, after confinement he began to show everything he has inside. We trust him a lot for next year ”, says the Basque coach.
After a great start to the year, showing high level in races such as the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana or the Vuelta a Andalucía, the Granada-born Álvaro Cuadros (1995) has taken steps in his progression that have led him to face his fourth consecutive year among the best, also grown up from lower categories of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. As Muriel explains, “in the team we have a lot of confidence in him so that next year he will finish exploding and show us all the cycling he has inside.”
The fourth to extend his contract is another cyclist with a lot to say, the Catalan Joel Nicolau (1997). In addition to shining on the Saudi Tour before the pandemic, the breakaways have been his field to be seen and work for the team. The sports management is confident of its progression next year: “It is an all-rounder, very reliable and regular in all races. We have a lot of confidence in him for high-level races ”.