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Xabier Zandio Echaide (born 17 March 1977) is a retired Spanish professional road bicycle racer who last rode for UCI ProTeam Team Ineos.[1]

Xabier Zandio
Xabier Zandio CD 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full nameXabier Zandio Echaide
Born (1977-03-17) 17 March 1977 (age 42)
Pamplona, Spain
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimbing Domestique
Professional team(s)
2001–2010iBanesto.com
2011–2016Team Sky
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
1 TTT stage (2013)

Stage races

Vuelta a Burgos (2008)

BiographyEdit

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.

He currently resides in Pamplona and is married with two children.[2]

In September 2015 Zandio announced that he would retire from the sport at the end of the 2016 season after he signed a one-year contract extension with Team Sky.[2]

Major resultsEdit

2002
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Volta a Portugal
2005
1st Clásica a los Puertos de Guadarrama
6th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
22nd Overall Tour de France
2008
1st Overall Vuelta a Burgos
2013
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Giro del Trentino

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sky Procycling (SKY) – GBR". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "News shorts: Zandio to retire at end of 2016, Veikkenan announces retirement". cyclingnews.com. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Xabier Zandio at Wikimedia Commons