WILD COLT. Ever since he was a ‘cadete’ (U17) and junior, with Basque development squads Zirauna and Iturribero, Basque hopeful Oier Lazkano showed the same abilities that have now led him into the WorldTour. He’s an indomitable cyclist, a really courageous one, whose strong body is made for solo escapes, flat or hilly roads and any terrain that requires a big amount of horsepower. His impressive figure -around 1.90m tall- and exceptional skills soon caught attention from the amateur Caja Rural outfit, which guided him through his two only seasons in the under-23 scene. At those, he snatched a dozen victories, including wins in Copa de España races and multi-day events, soon showing that the amateur peloton was almost too little (in a figurative sense) for him.
A FANTASTIC START. The Vitoria native would soon take the pro leap, already racing the Tour de l’Avenir and a couple of Italian semiclassics, as part of the pro Caja Rural team, in 2019. In 2020, the Spaniard would tackle, right after the first wave of the pandemic, a difficult step as he tried to get into the pace of the top guns, yet he faced that challenge with enormous commitment, his work ethic joined by an extremely affable spirit. And that’s how, only in September that year, he got his first win, crowning in Viseu – end of stage three of the Volta a Portugal – a brilliant breakaway with a solo, late attack. Not bad for a neo-pro, in such a difficult race as the ‘Grandíssima’!
SOLIDLY IMPROVING. 2021 was a year of continuous progress for Lazkano, who was able, without leaving breakaways aside -he spent so many kilometers at the front, both in the CJR green and the Spanish national team’s colours, racing two rounds of the UCI U23 Nations Cup-, to take a step forward results-wise in some late-season events, such as Luxembourg and the CRO Race. He also made his debut in La Vuelta, unable to cover it entirely as digestive problems sidelined him with just two days to go, yet, obviously, also at the front on flat stages. Now, Oier is facing another big challenge: the WorldTour. “I think that we should wait and see how far I can reach, only time will tell. However, I’m sure that I will continue growing as a rider in the upcoming years, and my goal is to be a big asset for the team and learn as much as possible from them.”