The professional squad of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA for 2021 continues growing with the confirmation of the signing of Jokin Murguialday (2000), who promotes from the U23 team to join the recent confirmation of Josu Etxeberria. It is a new commitment to youth, key in the development of talent in lower categories.
The opportunity comes to Jokin after two outstanding seasons in the amateur team becoming a reference in the category in this atypical 2020. His two victories last year in Berriatua and Irún laid the growth that he has confirmed this season with a consistency difficult to see in his twenties. The two silver medals in the Spanish Championships, the eighth place in the Giro d’Italia sub23 or the sixth place in the general of the Tour of Bulgaria -riding among professionals- have been sufficient credentials for the technical staff to provide him the opportunity to upgrade.
Jokin Murguialday: “Before confinement I did have the objective of trying to reach professionals, but after confinement I had doubts and my only objective was to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves, especially in the important races. I was able to do some good Spanish Championships and Giro d’Italia Sub23 and both have helped me to fulfill my dream of becoming professionals. Now it’s time to keep working to be there and keep improving”.
“I consider myself a complete cyclist, especially on the climbs. I also like to prepare the time trials, and fight for general classifications since every day that passes I am going to more. Being in the U23 team has been the closest to feeling professional . They take care of you like a professional, you participate in the best races in Spain and even with professionals abroad. They provide us with the best material, they teach us every day and I consider myself to be lucky. I hope to continue learning, improving and why not let me see. I have special illusion to participate in the Itzulia, I hope the opportunity will come to me one day. It is the home race and the one that I have been to see since I was little”.