Vitorian cyclist Javier Ibáñez will make his professional debut in 2025 with Caja Rural

Friday, July 5, 2024, 6:21 p.m.

| Updated 20:01h.

Caja Rural has announced that Javier Ibáñez is its first signing for the upcoming season. The Vitorian cyclist will make the jump from the reserve team and has signed until 2026. “His good speed, his adaptation to tough and mid-mountain profiles and above all his combativeness and courage make him a cyclist worthy of this opportunity,” say the team’s top brass.

Ibañez, who will turn 23 in November, is a cyclist of almost 1.90m and with a predilection for the classics. An Oier Lazkano style, whose first steps also took place in the ranks of Caja Rural. This campaign is the third season for the Vitorian in the reserve team of the Navarrese structure. Although he has not managed to raise his arms so far this campaign, his consistency on a wide variety of terrains has earned him a victory in the overall standings of the 2024 Elite Spanish Cup, where he was able to score six top 10s and two second places on the Circuito del Guadiana and Torredonjimeno.

“It will be a big change in every aspect. I want to learn everything I can about the profession, continue to grow as a cyclist, bring out my full potential and learn from my team and my teammates. In short, enjoy and give it my all as always,” Ibañez said on the team’s website.

In 2024, eleven Alaves are part of the professional peloton. Landa and Lazkano, the great references, are joined by Markel Beloki (Education) De la Parte, Aberasturi, Andoni López de Abetxuko, Unai Cuadrado (Euskaltel), Joseba López, Jokin Murguialday and Julen Arriolabengoa (Caja Rural) and Ibon Ruiz (Kern Pharma). Javier Ibáñez’s two Alaves teammates in the reserve team, Gorka Corres, 19, and Diego Ruiz de Arcaute, 20, the recent winner of the Eusebio Vélez Trophy, are also having a great season in the great moment of Alava cycling.

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