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Caja Rural

Caja Rural
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Team information
UCI code CJR
Based Navarra, Spain
Founded 2010 (2010)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental
Bicycles Vivelo
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager José Manuel Hernández
Directeur sportif Eugenio Goikoetxea
Jaime Garzón
Team name history
1988
2005–06
2010–Feb 2013
Feb 2013–
Caja Rural–Orbea
Kaiku
Caja Rural
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Caja Rural jersey
Jersey

Caja Rural (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 workshops, garage and warehouse facilities are in Alsasua, Navarra.[1] Although Caja Rural was active in professional bike racing in the 1980s, it generally confined its activities to amateur and amateur elite cycling after 1989. Caja Rural re-entered professional cycling in the 2010 season. Since the 2012 season, the team has ridden Bulgarian brand bicycles Vivelo.

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]

History

Co-sponsorship with Orbea

During the 1988 season, Caja Rural co-sponsored Caja Rural-Orbea, a UCI Continental team.[3] Caja Rural-Orbea enjoyed numerous victories at the hands of Dutch sprinter Mathieu Hermans and Spanish climber Marino Lejarreta.[4]

Amateur teams

The bank ceased to co-sponsor the Orbea team in 1989, but in 1992 resumed sponsorship of amateur teams operated by Club Ciclista Burunda.[4][5][6] Club Ciclista Burunda continues to operate an U23 amateur team sponsored by Caja Rural de Navarra, a local member bank of Grupo Caja Rural, and other junior teams. From February 2013, the sports club Tolosa C.F. operated the women's amateur junior, U23 and elite teams under the team names Caja Rural-Tolosa and Caja Rural-Bidebide.[7][8]

Caja Rural's amateur men's teams had been traditionally thought of as feeders for Euskaltel-Euskadi, for example supplying eight of the nine Navarra cyclists who joined that team in 2010 (the exception being Alan Pérez).[9] They have also been a springboard for many successful professional cyclists; for example, José Vicente "Chente" Garcia Acosta; Egoi Martinez, winner of the Tour de l'Avenir in 2003; Iker Flores, winner of the Tour de l'Avenir in 2000, and Aitor Gonzalez, winner of La Vuelta a España in 2002, among many others.[5]

Co-sponsorship with Kaiku

In the 2005 season, the UCI Professional Continental team Kaiku, a.k.a "Kaiku–Caja Rural", (KAI) was formed from Caja Rural's amateur team. The lead sponsor, Kaiku Corporación Alimentaria, is a Basque Country dairy products company in which Caja Rural de Navarra at the time held a substantial stake.[10][11] The team disbanded the following year.[12]

Return to the professional ranks

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.[4] 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.[13]

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").[14] Iñaki was replaced by Mikel Azparren.[5] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[4] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19][20] 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.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

On 21 February 2013, the team's name changed to "Caja Rural-Seguros RGA".[2][24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

Sponsorship

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][24] Seguros RGA (meaning "Insurance RGA") was founded on 17 March 1986 as the insurance subsidiary of Grupo Caja Rural.[27] The "Seguros RGA" name and logo were added to new team jerseys and all other media.[24] 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.[28]


Škoda Auto provides sponsorship and team cars. Euskorot, a Basque Country graphics company, supplies the team car livery.[29]

Team kit is supplied by Spiuk supplies the team's helmets and glasses.

on team jerseys.

Team roster

As of 1 January 2013.[34]
Rider Date of birth
 Javier Aramendia (ESP) (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 27)
 David Arroyo (ESP) (1980-01-07) 7 January 1980 (age 34)
 André Cardoso (POR) (1984-09-03) 3 September 1984 (age 29)
 Manuel Antonio Cardoso (POR) (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 31)
 Karol Domagalski (POL) (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 24)
 Rubén Fernández (ESP) (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 (age 23)
 Fabricio Ferrari (URU) (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 29)
 Omar Fraile (ESP) (1990-07-17) 17 July 1990 (age 24)
 Marcos García (ESP) (1986-12-04) 4 December 1986 (age 27)
Rider Date of birth
 Yelko Gomez (PAN) (1989-03-09) 9 March 1989 (age 25)
 Francesco Lasca (ITA) (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 26)
 Francisco Moreno (ESP) (1989-04-10) 10 April 1989 (age 25)
 Enzo Josué Moyano (ARG) (1989-02-15) 15 February 1989 (age 25)
 Danail Petrov (BUL) (1978-02-05) 5 February 1978 (age 36)
 Antonio Piedra (ESP) (1985-10-10) 10 October 1985 (age 28)
 Amets Txurruka (ESP) (1982-11-10) 10 November 1982 (age 31)
 Iván Velasco (ESP) (1980-02-08) 8 February 1980 (age 34)

Major results

2010
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Leon, Arturo Mora
1st Stage 1 Volta a Portugal, Oleg Chuzhda
1st Stage 5 Volta a Portugal, José Herrada
1st Overall Cinturo de l'Emporda, José Herrada
1st Stage 2, José Herrada
2011
1st Overall Vuelta a Asturias, Javier Moreno
1st Stage 3, Javier Moreno
1st Mountains Classification Volta a Portugal, Fabricio Ferrari
1st Young Rider Classification, Garikoitz Bravo
2012
1st  Bulgaria Road Race Championships, Danail Petrov
1st  Portugal Road Race Championships, Manuel Antonio Cardoso
1st Stage 1 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Manuel Antonio Cardoso
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Castilla y León, Yelko Gomez
1st Rogaland GP, Antonio Piedra
1st Stage 2 Circuit de Lorraine, Francesco Lasca
1st Stage 2 Volta a Portugal, Francesco Lasca
1st Stage 15 Vuelta a España, Antonio Piedra
Stages 2, 7, 8, 10 Combativity award, Javier Aramendia
2013
1st Mountains Classification Vuelta a Murcia, Antonio Piedra
1st Vuelta a La Rioja, Francesco Lasca
1st Sprints Classifications Tour of the Basque Country, Amets Txurruka
1st Mountains Tour of the Basque Country, Amets Txurruka
1st Sprints Classifications Klasika Primavera Amorebieta, Rubén Fernández
1st Mountains Klasika Primavera Amorebieta, Rubén Fernández
1st Points Classification Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y León, Francesco Lasca
1st Overall Vuelta a Asturias, Amets Txurruka
1st Stage 1, Amets Txurruka
1st  Bulgaria Road Race Championships, Danail Petrov
1st Stage 5 Volta a Portugal, Manuel Antonio Cardoso

National Champions

2012
1st  Bulgaria Road Race Championships, Danail Petrov
1st Portugal Road Race Championships, Manuel Antonio Cardoso
2013
1st  Bulgaria Road Race Championships, Danail Petrov

References

External links

  • (Spanish)
  • 2013 UCI Team profile
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