The prolific subsidiary team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA continues producing professional cyclists. The long list of riders who change the under 23 squad for the first team grows with Josu Etxeberria (Iturmendi, 2000), after only two seasons in the amateur category, enough to earn his promotion.
The Navarrese already left good impressions in his debut season in the category, adding a valuable stage victory in Vuelta a Palencia or a second place in the general classification of Vuelta a Cantabria. However, its breakthrough came this summer with the return of racing. Etxeberria prevailed in the general of Vuelta a Zamora after offering a magnificent exhibition in the queen stage. After that, a crash in the Giro d’Italia under 23 weighed down his final part of the year and his experience as a stagiaire in three Italian races.
Josu Etxeberria: I am very happy, it’s a dream that I have been looking for since I trained in schools. Every time I was taken to see professional races as a child, I returned with more desire to train to become one of them and that day has come. It has been a rare season marked by the Covid. I knew that the opportunities were going to be less. That is why I worked hard to take advantage of them and I was able to leave a quality detail. After the victory in Zamora, I made some mistakes, added to two falls that prevented me from performing as I would have liked as a stagiaire.
Being in the subsidiary team of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA has helped me a lot to develop myself as a cyclist, to know the professional field already since this year and to learn from mistakes. For next season, I hope to become a regular and consistent professional. Not everyone has this opportunity and I hope to seize it.