Jon Barrenetxea (Gámiz, 2000) becomes the third signing of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA for the 2021 season. The Basque cyclist has been one of the greatest names of the Spanish amateur field this year with five victories, more than any other cyclist in the category.
Spain’s junior champion and called up for the World Championships in Innsbruck in 2018, his only two seasons in the Under 23 field have served to prove his worth and claim a place among the professionals. He was able to achieve a victory in Antzuola in is first season as Under 23, although it has been this year when he has chained five victories, despite the short schedule. Barrenetxea won in Zumaia, Urretxu, the Navarra Championship and Berriatua before closing the year in a big way with his triumph in the rain at the prestigious Memorial Valenciaga.
An injury in the Spanish Championship prevented him from going with the national team to the European Championship in Plouay, the great event in the category this year without the Worlds. He is a complete and constant rider, with good sense in the final meters as he has shown as Under 23 winning the Torneo Euskaldun. Now he hopes to continue growing as an athlete with his arrival to the professional ranks with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
Jon Barrenetxea: I am very happy to become professional. At the beginning of the year I saw it very far due to the pandemic and the general situation, so achieving it means fulfilling the dream of racing in front of the best cyclists in the world. It has been a very atypical year for everything. Personally, I have had a great season, it was a shame that in the Spanish Championships I had a fall that left me out for a few days preventing me from running the European Championship. As the season evolved, I believed a little more that I could give the jump, although I did not start the year with that clear objective. The key to staying competitive from February to October has been that in winter I was able to train very well. I took the lockdown very calmly, that’s why I think I’ve been able to finish the year very well.
The most special moment of 2020 has been the victory at the Memorial Valenciaga, as it has been the most important and the last race of the year. I think I am a very complete rider who can stand out in any type of race, regardless of the profile. The improvement this year has been that now I am able to accumulate more days of competition or hard training and I notice that the body does not generate so much fatigue, which I think is very important for the professional field. My goal for 2021 is to adapt quickly to the category, learn from teammates and rivals as much as possible and help the team in whatever they ask me to do.