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Caja Rural–Seguros RGA (UCI team code: CJR) is a professional continental cycling team sponsored principally by Grupo Caja Rural, a Spanish banking group. The team participates in UCI Europe Tour races and UCI World Tour events when given a wildcard invitation. The team's administrative offices and management are based in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, but its service course (workshop and warehouse facility) is in Alsasua, Navarra.[1] It was announced in February 2013 that the team had acquired a co-sponsor in a subsidiary of Caja Rural and would become known as Caja Rural–Seguros RGA from 21 February 2013.[2]

Caja Rural–Seguros RGA
Caja Rural–Seguros RGA logo.png
Team information
UCI code CJR
Registered Spain
Founded 2010 (2010)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental
Bicycles ViVELO (2012–2014)
Fuji (2015– )
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager José Manuel Hernández
Team manager(s) Eugenio Goikoetxea
Team name history
2010–Feb 2013
Feb 2013–
Caja Rural
Caja Rural–Seguros RGA
Caja Rural–Seguros RGA jersey
Jersey
Current season

Contents

HistoryEdit

Caja Rural re-entered professional cycling in the 2010 season. In late 2009, Caja Rural decided to move back to the professional peloton, forming a UCI Continental Team (competing in the Europe UCI Continental Circuits) that among other things would give continuity to their under 23 and elite amateur teams. In 2010, its first year returning as a professional team, the team's total budget was €837,932.[3] The original squad was made up of 16 riders, of whom 5 had come up from the amateur team. During the season, 4 members of the amateur team turned professional, 3 of them joining Caja Rural and one moving to Movistar.[4]

On October 19, 2010, Juanikorena Iñaki signed a contract with Preventia Sports Club (Club Deportivo Preventia), who manage the Caja Rural professional team, to continue as the team's Directeur Sportif in 2011. However, on 14 December 2010, he announced his departure due to major professional differences over approaches to training ("importantes diferencias en los criterios técnicos-deportivos").[5] Iñaki was replaced by Mikel Azparren. At the end of January 2011, Iñaki brought a lawsuit against the team in the Civil Court (Juzgado de los Social) of Pamplona, Navarra, Spain.[6] Iñaki proved breach of contract in his suit. The team's appeal to the Superior Court (Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Navarra) was dismissed on July 25, 2012, and the UCI made full payment of his salary for 2011, drawing from the team's bank guaranty held by the UCI.[7]

In 2011, Caja Rural advanced to the UCI Professional Continental category with a view to competing in top level racing, especially the 2011 Vuelta a España, the first Vuelta in 33 years to visit the Basque Country. On its début as a UCI Professional Continental team, Caja Rural adopted the motto: "un equipo para creer, un equipo para crecer" ("a team to believe in, a team for growth"). The team emphasizes that "growth" in the latter part of this motto is meant to connote not only the growth of the squad, but also the growth of athletes as individuals, in particular amateur athletes making the leap to the professional ranks.[3] In August 2011, Caja Rural rider Fabricio Ferrari won the overall Mountains Classification in the Volta a Portugal and the Young Rider Classification went to Garikoitz "Gari" Bravo.[8] The team did not compete in the 2011 Vuelta a España, but was named the Best Navarro Sports Team in 2011 by the Government of Navarra.[9]

Caja Rural was invited to participate in the 2012 Vuelta a España, which departed from Pamplona where the team is based. The 2012 Vuelta saw Caja Rural rider Antonio Piedra, take Stage 15, a high mountain affair finishing atop the Lakes of Covadonga climb. Piedra dropped his breakaway companions on the first "Hors Category" climb of the Vuelta, and finished with 2 minutes and 2 seconds advantage over his nearest competitor.[10][11] The team's enthusiasm for competition in their Vuelta début was highlighted by a heartbreaking episode in the 4th stage. Marcos García valiantly fought to the head of the peloton, sprinted to the finish line and threw kisses to the crowd as he crossed it triumphantly. However, owing to miscommunication with the team car, he was unaware that three escapees had crossed the line before him.[12]

David Arroyo of the Movistar Team who placed second in the 2010 Giro d'Italia and Amets Txurruka who rode for Euskaltel-Euskadi and took first in the Young Riders Classification at the 2007 Tour de France joined Caja Rural in the 2013 season. These two experienced riders have participated in 25 Grand Tours.[13] After a change of management in the 2012 season and in an effort to retain its UCI World Tour license, Euskaltel-Euskadi began including more riders from outside the Basque Country who hold high UCI World Tour rankings. Caja Rural has been a beneficiary of this policy picking up Amets Txurruka and Iván Velasco from Euskaltel in 2013, but the team also lost the promising young cyclist Gari Bravo to Euskaltel at the same time.[14]

On 21 February 2013, the team's name changed to "Caja Rural-Seguros RGA".[2][15] Two days later Antonio Piedra took the first podium for the newly renamed team by winning the Mountains Classification in the Vuelta a Murcia, part of the UCI Europe Tour.[16] The first General Classification victory for the newly badged team was won by Francesco Lasca on 31 March 2013 in the Vuelta a La Rioja.[17] Caja Rural–Seguros RGA rider Javier Aramendia won the Overall Combativity Award at the 2013 Vuelta a España after he and his teammates Antonio Piedra, David Arroyo and Fabricio Ferrari took 7 of the 20 stage Combativity Awards given during the race.

SponsorshipEdit

The professional team's principal sponsor is Grupo Caja Rural, a savings bank and agricultural credit cooperative in Spain with 3,600 branches.

On 21 February 2013, Caja Rural added a new co-sponsor Seguros RGA.[2][15] Seguros RGA (meaning "Insurance RGA") was founded on 17 March 1986 as the insurance subsidiary of Grupo Caja Rural.[18] The "Seguros RGA" name and logo were added to new team jerseys and all other media.[15] Seguros RGA had supported the team in its bid to compete in the 2012 Vuelta a España and was featured on Vuelta team jerseys. Seguros RGA was so impressed with the profile and performance of the team that they decided to step forward as a team co-sponsor.[19]

 
Team Car at the 2010 Volta a Portugal

Škoda Auto provides sponsorship and team cars. Euskorot, a Basque Country graphics company, supplies the team car livery.[20]

Team bikes for the 2015 and 2016 seasons are supplied by Fuji Bikes models Transonic, Altamira and Norcom Straight.[21] From the 2012 to the 2014 season, the team had ridden Bulgarian brand bicycles ViVELO.

From the 2015 season, team kit is supplied by Italian clothing brand ALÉ,[21] replacing Inverse–CIRO SPORT from the previous several seasons. Spiuk supplies the team's helmets and glasses.

From the 2016 season, the powermeters and computers are supplied by Pioneer replacing Rotor

Bed4u Hotels added its sponsorship in January 2013 offering the team lodging.[22] Bed4u replaced Playitas, a Canary Islands sports resort where the team trained in the winter of 2012,[23] on team jerseys.

Centro Médico Vitasport (Vitasport Medical Centre), an advanced technology athletic training centre for professional and amateur athletes is a sponsor and also the registered office of Club Deportivo Preventia, the organization that runs the team.[20][24]

Team rosterEdit

Rider Date of birth
  Alex Aranburu (ESP) (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 (age 22)
  David Arroyo (ESP) (1980-01-07) 7 January 1980 (age 37)
  Miguel Ángel (ESP) (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 24)
  Christopher Butler (USA) (1988-02-16) 16 February 1988 (age 29)
  Danilo Celano (ITA) (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 28)
  Fabricio Ferrari (URU) (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 32)
  Jon Irisarri (ESP) (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995 (age 22)
  Jonathan Lastra (ESP) (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 24)
  Lluís Guillermo Mas (ESP) (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 28)
  Antonio Molina Canet (ESP) (1991-01-04) 4 January 1991 (age 26)
  Justin Oien (USA) (1995-05-05) 5 May 1995 (age 22)
Rider Date of birth
  Dylan Page (SUI) (1993-11-05) 5 November 1993 (age 24)
  Sergio Pardilla (ESP) (1984-01-16) 16 January 1984 (age 33)
  Oscar Pelegri (ESP) (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 23)
  Eduard Prades (ESP) (1987-08-09) 9 August 1987 (age 30)
  Rafael Reis (POR) (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 25)
  Jaime Rosón (ESP) (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 24)
  Diego Rubio Hernandez (ESP) (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 26)
  Héctor Sáez (ESP) (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 24)
  Nicholas Schultz (AUS) (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 23)
  Gonzalo Serrano (ESP) (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 23)
  Manuel Sola (ESP) (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 25)
  Josu Zabala (ESP) (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 24)

Major winsEdit

2010
Stage 1 Vuelta a Leon, Arturo Mora
Stage 1 Volta a Portugal, Oleg Chuzhda
Stage 5 Volta a Portugal, José Herrada
Overall Cinturo de l'Emporda, José Herrada
Stage 2, José Herrada
2011
  Vuelta a Asturias, Javier Moreno
Stage 3, Javier Moreno
2012
Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Manuel Antonio Cardoso
Stage 3 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Yelko Gomez
Rogaland GP, Antonio Piedra
Stage 2 Circuit de Lorraine, Francesco Lasca
Stage 2 Volta a Portugal, Francesco Lasca
Stage 15 Vuelta a España, Antonio Piedra
2013
Vuelta a La Rioja, Francesco Lasca
  Vuelta a Asturias, Amets Txurruka
Stage 1, Amets Txurruka
Stage 5 Volta a Portugal, Manuel Antonio Cardoso
2014
Stage 1 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Luis León Sánchez
Klasika Primavera, Pello Bilbao
Stage 3 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Luis León Sánchez
Stage 2 Volta a Portugal em Bicicleta, Davide Viganò
  Mountains classification (Maillot Lunares) Vuelta a España, Luis León Sánchez
  Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon, Amets Txurruka
2015
Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Pello Bilbao
Giro dell'Appennino, Omar Fraile
Stage 6 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Pello Bilbao
Stage 8 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Lluís Mas Bonet
Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk, Omar Fraile
Stage 2 Vuelta Ciclista Comunidad de Madrid, Carlos Barbero
Stage 4 Tour of Norway, Amets Txurruka
Philly Cycling Classic, Carlos Barbero
  Overall Tour de Beauce, Pello Bilbao
Stages 1 & 4, Carlos Barbero
Stage 2, Amets Txurruka
Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia, Ángel Madrazo
Stage 5 Volta a Portugal, José Gonçalves
Stage 1 Vuelta a Burgos, Carlos Barbero
Stage 8 Volta a Portugal, Eduard Prades
Coppa Sabatini, Eduard Prades
2016
Stage 4 Étoile de Bessèges, Ángel Madrazo
  Overall Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, José Gonçalves
Stage 2, Pello Bilbao
Stage 6, Jaime Rosón
  Overall Vuelta a Asturias, Hugh Carthy
Stage 1, Hugh Carthy
Stage 1 Volta Internacional Cova da Beira, Eduard Prades
Stage 2 Volta Internacional Cova da Beira, José Gonçalves
Philly Cycling Classic, Eduard Prades
Stage 7 Volta a Portugal, José Gonçalves
Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, Sergio Pardilla
2017
Stage 5 Tour of Croatia, Jaime Rosón

National championsEdit

2012
  Bulgaria Road Race Championships, Danail Petrov
  Portugal Road Race Championships, Manuel Antonio Cardoso
2013
  Bulgaria Road Race Championships, Danail Petrov

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Caja Rural "Dossier de patrocinio 2012" ("Sponsorship Dossier 2012"). Team Caja Rural. 2011. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b c Fotheringham, Alasdair (19 February 2013). "Caja Rural Pro-Conti Team Secures Second Sponsor". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Historia Caja Rural (Spanish)". Team Caja Rural. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Caja Rural "Dossier de patrocinio 2012" ("Sponsorship Dossier 2012"). Team Caja Rural. 2011. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Iñaki Juanikorena denuncia al Caja Rural por incumplimiento de contrato (Spanish)". Diario de Noticias-Edición Digital. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iñaki Juanikorena demanda a Caja Rural y solicita a la UCI el bloqueo de la garantía bancaria (Spanish)". europapress.es (Europa Press). Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "El director Iñaki Juanikorena gana su contencioso contra Caja Rural (Spanish)". biciclismo.com. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Caja Rural "Dossier de patrocinio 2012" ("Sponsorship Dossier 2012"). Team Caja Rural. 2011. p. 4. 
  9. ^ Caja Rural "Dossier de patrocinio 2012" ("Sponsorship Dossier 2012"). Team Caja Rural. 2011. p. 5. 
  10. ^ Moore, Kyle (2 September 2012). "Antonio Piedra makes the season for Caja Rural". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Pryde, Kenny (2 September 2012). "Rodriguez rules at Covadonga as Froome loses time in Vuelta". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Entrevista Marcos García". Caja Rural Team. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "ViVELO Bicycles News". ViVELO Inc. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Euskaltel-Euskadi denies 'deal for points' with Oscar Freire". Velonews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "Nuevo Patrocinador". teamcajarural.com. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dani Navarro conquista la XXXIII Vuelta Murcia". Club Murciano (Race Organiser). Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Victoria Caja Rural-Seguros RGA". Team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "RGA Seguros: La Compañia: Historia". RGA Seguros. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Seguros RGA se une al equipo ciclista Caja Rural (Spanish)". Team Caja Rural. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Caja Rural: Patrocinadores (Sponsors)". Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Team Caja Rural Rolls Into The Ring". Road Bike Action Magazine. Hi-Torque Publications. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "bed4U, nuevo patrocinador de Caja Rural Team". Bed4U Hotels. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Fuerteventura y Playitas" (in Spanish). Equipo Ciclista Caja Rural. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Centro Vitasport Localización". Centro Médico Vitasport. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 

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