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Gorka Izagirre Insausti (born 7 October 1987) is a professional cyclist, who rides for the UCI WorldTeam, Bahrain–Merida.[3] He is the brother of fellow racing cyclist Jon Izagirre.[4]

Gorka Izagirre
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Izagirre at the 2016 Tour of Britain.
Personal information
Full nameGorka Izagirre Insausti
Born (1987-10-07) 7 October 1987 (age 31)
Ormaiztegi, Basque country
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
Team information
Current teamBahrain–Merida
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Professional team(s)
2009Contentpolis–Ampo
2010–2013Euskaltel–Euskadi[1]
2014–2017Movistar Team[2]
2018–Bahrain–Merida
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2017)
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stage (2014)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2018)

Contents

CareerEdit

Both brothers were signed by the Movistar Team for the 2014 season,[2] with Jon leaving for Bahrain–Merida at the beginning of 2017.

Movistar Team (2014-2017)Edit

Gorka won the Prueba Villafrance de Ordizia for the third time in his career in 2014. His first top 10 in a World Tour stage race came in 2015, when he placed 9th in Paris-Nice. In 2017 Gorka rode a fantastic Paris-Nice once again, and finished 4th overall. Later in 2017, Gorka won stage 8 in the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

Bahrain-Merida (2018-present)Edit

2018Edit

 
Izagirre at the 2018 Tour de France

Gorka signed with the Bahrain-Merida team for the 2018 season. He started of the season with 7th overall at Tour Down Under. He then took the 3rd place overall at Tour of Oman. He was captain of the Bahrain-Merida team together with his brother Ion Izagirre at the Paris-Nice. He attacked on the downhill with Ion on the last stage and the brothers looked to finish 1st and 2nd but they both crashed in a turn on the downhill section, meaning their bikes tangled together. They lost their advantage and Gorka finished 3rd overall.

In late June, Gorka finished 2nd at National Time Trial Championships, and days later he won the National Road Race Championships. Going in to the Tour, Gorka was a domestique for team captain Vincenzo Nibali, however Nibali went out of the race on stage 13, meaning Gorka had the chance to hunt stage wins. He managed to get into the breakaway on stage 16 and finished 2nd on the stage, 15 seconds down on stage winner Julian Alaphilippe.

In August 2018 it was announced that the Izagirre brothers would join Astana in 2019.[5]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2010
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
1st Stage 4 Tour of Luxembourg
2011
2nd Trofeo Deia
9th Trofeo Inca
10th Overall Tour du Haut Var
2012
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
2013
7th Overall Tour Down Under
2014
1st Prueba Villafranca de Ordizia
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
2nd Klasika Primavera
2015
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
8th Overall Tour Down Under
9th Overall Paris–Nice
2016
2nd Klasika Primavera
5th Overall Dubai Tour
2017
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
1st Klasika Primavera
4th Overall Paris–Nice
8th GP Miguel Indurain
2018
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
2nd Time trial
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Tour of Oman
7th Overall Tour Down Under
  Combativity award Stage 13 Vuelta a España

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 83 28
  Tour de France 66 39 DNF 32 DNF 24
  Vuelta a España 37 29
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Paris–Nice 54 72 18 12 9 19 4 3
  Tirreno–Adriatico
  Volta a Catalunya 87
  Tour of the Basque Country DNF DNF 52 29 62 DNF 55 41
  Tour de Romandie 19 22
  Critérium du Dauphiné 43 19
  Tour de Suisse 18 22 12 32
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Euskaltel to be led by Izaguirre brothers and Astarloza in Santos Tour Down Under". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Ion Izagirre also to ride for Movistar Team". Movistar Team. Abarca Sports, S.L. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ "New signings for Bahrain-Merida - Transfer Shorts". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. Bahrain-Merida has strengthened its team for 2018 by signing Gorka Izagirre and Matej Mohorič.
  4. ^ "Spanish sensations confirmed for Santos Tour Down Under". Tour Down Under. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Izagirre brothers sign for Astana". cyclingnews.com. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Gorka Izagirre at Wikimedia Commons