THE BIG WINNER. Considering her victories and top results in all different kinds of races, Lourdes Oyarbide was undoubtedly the most successful Spanish rider in 2019. Hers was the only UCI victory for the Movistar Team last season: the final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, where she crowned a fantastic, long-range solo breakaway. Another spectacular move granted her a victory to remember, the Spanish road race championships in Lorca, where she spent four hours on the move, at over 35ºC, sustaining incredible effort ranges. And she was still able to put an icing on those wins with a GC podium at an international event, the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour (3rd), or a 6th place in the first-ever Clásica San Sebastián. Simply put, an extraordinary year for her.
ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE GROUP. Those results must not fool our reader: the Basque rouleur from Egino, Álava, is first and foremost a team rider, one who is inclined to put her team’s interest above her own. Pushing on the flat and offering ever so impressive performances at lumpier roads, Oyarbide is one of those riders who always aim to help the team be better, trying to help her team-mates feel protected on the road, and happy outside of it. One this group could not live without, well above her results.
STEPS FORWARD. Owner of a Degree in Industrial Design and Product Development at the Mondragon University, Oyarbide has only three years of full-time cycling efforts under her belt, the switch really making an impact on her results. In 2017, the year prior to her leap towards the Movistar Team, she claimed six wins, including the Spanish ITT Champs; in 2018, she won the Burgos round of the Spanish Series in a year of dramatically different schedules, completely international, and hampered by a collarbone fracture in May; and in 2019, the world saw the breakthrough of a woman still very young (25) who’s got everything to succeed.
- 2019 Spanish road race champion.
- 3rd-place GC finisher in Thüringen (2019).
- Winner of the 2019 Vuelta a Burgos final stage.
- Winner of the Spanish National Series’ Burgos round in 2018.