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18 august 2018 22:29:00

Izagirre brothers considering offers from UAE Team Emirates and Astana

Ion and Gorka Izagirre will leave Bahrain-Merida at the end of the season, with UAE Team Emirates and Astana leading the bidding for their services. The brothers raced together at Movistar before Ion joined Bahrain in their debut season last year, and Gorka followed across at the start of this year. Gorka, 30, has had a strong year, becoming Spanish national champion as well as finishing on the podium of Paris-Nice and the Tour of Oman. Ion, 29, finished third at the Vuelta al País Vasco but his performances have been more low-key than his debut season at Bahrain, or than his final years with Movistar. In fact, following his glittering 2016 campaign for Movistar, he hasnīt won a race for Bahrain. Both will leave Brent Copelandīs team at the end of the year and have been linked with a number of WorldTour outfits, including Team Sky.Cyclingnews understands that UAE Team Emirates have shown significant interest, but Astana have since tabled an offer of their own. Negotiations are still ongoing. UAE Team Emirates have Dan Martin and Fabio Aru as leaders for the Grand Tours, but the Izagirres would increase their potency over week-long stage races. Ion, in particular, has made something of a speciality of the format, especially when thereīs a time trial involved. So far, the team, revamped in 2017 from the ashes of the Lampre dynasty, havenīt made any moves in the transfer market. Astana, meanwhile, whose stage race focus is built around Miguel Angel Lopez and Jakob Fuglsang, have signed Yuriy Natarov (neo-pro), Manuele Boaro (Bahrain-Merida), and Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattoli Sidermec), while losing Michael Valgren (Dimension Data), Jesper Hansen (Cofidis).ADVERTISEMENT If you`ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to be part of a top-level cycling team, and to be on the ground, inside the barriers, at the Tour de France, then RUNNING WITH WOLVES will take you there. It is available to rent for $3.99 USD or buy for $6.99 USD. You can also still purc ...
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