Lex Aranburu was finally able to make the leap to the World Tour in the complicated 2020 season. The winner of the Getxo Circuit (1.1) in 2018 and a stage in the Vuelta a Burgos (2.HC) in 2019 had given plenty of samples to be prepared to face the challenge of becoming part of one of the most complete and powerful squads of the highest category, such as Astana-Premier Tech.
Ezkio’s runner landed in the Kazakh squad without any stripes as a clear leader of the ranks, but, at the same time, without being a man called solely to serve the great leaders of the team. Thus, the Basque gave a very good feeling in the short start to the season in which, after a good Tour de la Provence (2.Pro), where he was fifth in the second stage, he got into the fight for the Kuurne-Brussels- Kuurne (1.Pro), where he got a top20 that augured very good things for the classic Belgian campaign.
However, the halt came and all the work had to be started over from scratch. Fourth in the first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, a race in which he returned to competition after almost four months without wearing a number, Aranburu traveled to Italy to put the weight of the team on his shoulders. There came his best days of the year, highlighting the second position in the Great Trittico Lombardo (1.Pro) before making his debut in a big way in an entire Monument such as the Milan-Sanremo (1.WT), where he was seventh beating men of the likes of the Olympic champion, Greg Van Avermaet; the former champion of the world, Philippe Gilbert; the winner of the Tour de France, Tadej Pogačar or the winner of the Tour of Flanders, Mathieu van der Poel.
All this, together with his good role at the service of the team leaders in events such as the Tirreno-Adritico (2.WT) and the Vuelta a Espaa (2.WT) have made Lex Aranburu have won many integers inside and outside the team and, therefore, deserving of the status of leader of the ranks and one of the great favorites in the next edition of the Almera Classic, a race that, with the help of a very solid block capable of controlling the test, can be perfectly adapted to your conditions.
Astana-Premier Tech will move a very solid team to the Andalusian event in which, in addition to Aranburu, the presence of Davide Martinelli, the Italian sprinter who could be his asset in case the Basque does not have his best day, stands out.
Along with them, Luis Len Sánchez will attend the classic Almeria for the tenth time in his sports career, a race in which he managed to be fourth in 2010, the year in which he was surpassed by the winner of that edition, Theo Bos, as well as by Mark Cavendish and Graeme Brown. Luisle will wear his Spanish champion jersey in Almera and be, by ability and veteran, one of the key men in the strategy of the Kazakh team.
That same role, that of providing a veteran and control capacity, is provided by Fabio Felline, a powerful classic who last year scored the Marco Pantani Memorial (1.1). Together with them, the young Yevgeniy Fedorov, a neo-professional who makes the leap after triumphing last year in the Tour of Langkawi (2.Pro) and Stefan De Bond, the CRI African champion who at his 24 years has landed this season in Astana from NTT.
The Astana seven will be completed by one of the great unknowns of this season: Javier Romo. The champion of Spain U23 in 2020 makes the leap not only to the World Tour, but to cycling, coming from the triathlon. At 22 years old and with hardly any references to his abilities and room for evolution, Romo will be, as we have said, one of the men to be watched in the Almera Classic and the rest of the 2021 season to discover his true potential.
Astana-Premier Tech for the Almera Classic 2021:
– Luis Len Snchez (ESP)
– Fabio Felline (ITA)
– lex Aranburu (ESP)
– Davide Martinelli (ITA)
– Yevgeniy Fedorov (KAZ)
– Stefan De Bond (RSA)
– Javier Romo (ESP).
Source: Es Ciclismo .com by www.esciclismo.com.
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