Zandio at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.
|Full name||Xabier Zandio Echaide|
|Born||17 March 1977|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Rider type||Climbing Domestique|
Born in Pamplona, Zandio grew up in a sporting family—one brother is a footballer and another a pelota player—and decided at the age of 17 to become a cyclist rather than work for his parents' butchery business.
He began his professional career in 2001 with the iBanesto.com team (which was renamed Illes Balears–Banesto in 2004, and Illes Balears–Caisse d'Epargne in 2005). After a difficult 2004 season in which injuries drained him physically and emotionally, he returned with a strong performance in the 2005 Tour de France. Finishing in 22nd place overall, he managed 4th in the 18th stage, and 2nd in the 16th, behind Óscar Pereiro.
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- "News shorts: Zandio to retire at end of 2016, Veikkenan announces retirement". cyclingnews.com. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.