- Place: Egino (Asparrena), Álava
- Birth: 08/04/1994
- Country: ESP
- Height: 161 Cm
- Weight: 52 Kg
- Pro debut: 2013
- Years in team: 1
- Career path:
2018: Movistar Team
2018: Movistar Team
HUGE LEAP FORWARD. After completing her studies of Industrial Design and Product Development Engineering at the Universidad de Mondragón in the summer of 2016, Basque rider Lourdes Oyarbide felt “a massive improvement” in her performance in 2017, where she was finally able to “focus on one only thing”. Consistency and success dominated her whole season, with six wins in many different terrains -including two races of the Spanish Cup, in Alcobendas and Calpe- and supreme efforts in support of riders like Mavi García, who continue to be team-mates of her in the Movistar Team. In 2018, she’s consolidated her role as a luxury domestique, who also knows how to take huge gambles to fruition, such as her escape during the Spanish National Series’ Burgos round in May.
THE LONGEST-AWAITED TITLE. 2017 also saw Oyarbide improving her strength in what already was her speciality, time trials: “I’m lucky to be able to keep up with really high-intensity efforts over long distances, and that’s a key factor for time trials.” Her convincing win in the Spanish national TT championship -40” advantage over Mavi and one minute on Sheyla Gutiérrez over the demanding 19km course in Soria- paid Lourdes back from uncountable days of training over the tri-bars. In 2018, she had to stay content with a 5th place behind team-mates García, Merino, González and Rodríguez, yet she did so after a collarbone injury at the Bira, which she got green light to ride on after only three days before the race.
CHANGING COLOURS. Joining the Movistar Team was also a novelty for the allrounder from Álava, having spent no less than nine years with the same organisation: the Sociedad Ciclista Duranguesa, whose UCI team Bizkaia saw her claiming all of her biggest victories during the last five seasons.
Oyarbide loves nature and, above all, learning languages. Other than Spanish, Basque and English, she took up studying French and German last yuear. She will continue to enjoy many opportunities to put them into practice at an abundant international calendar the Movistar Team is expected to cover again in 2019.