Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team welcomes Xabier Mikel Azparren
We’re happy to confirm the signing of Xabier Mikel Azparren for the 2024 season on a one-year contract.The 24-year-old will be Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team’s first Basque rider and will join a multicultural squad as a all-rounder with a strong time-trialling pedigree.
11 September 2023
San Sebastián born Azparren is currently in his third season as a pro cyclist and has achieved notable results in stages races, namely a stage win in the 2022 Volta ao Alentejo, where he finished second overall.
“Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team caught my attention from the very beginning. I saw them fighting for victories and achieving them. When Doug Ryder and Alex (Sans Vega) called me to discuss the possibility of joining the team in 2024 I immediately felt a good synergy. It’s great to join a team with high ambitions and with the vision to rise to the WorldTour. I’m a young rider but I want to grow and achieve the objectives the team has for me,” said Azparren.
With a strong flair for time-trailing Azparren took third in the ITT at the Spanish National Championships last year and he’s looking to improve his skillset in this discipline:
“For me it’s important to continue to work on my time-trialling abilities. I have the goal to fight for victories in TT’s and become one of the best Spaniards in that discipline. I know this team has the best equipment and materials and I’m so happy to have this opportunity to join this special team. I hope I can help the team achieve great results, either in one-week stage races that include a TT, classics or as part of a lead-out in sprint finishes. I’m ready to help my teammates and at the same time hope to have some opportunities to fight for victories myself.”
Azparren has raced and finished two Vueltas a España and clinched various top-10 results in multiple races such as Saudi Tour, Vuelta a Burgos and Paris-Camembert. His versatility and strong TT make him an exciting new addition to the 2024 squad of our Swiss-registered team.
“We believe his Basque spirit and determination will be a promising asset to our squad”
“We’re happy to welcome Xabier Mikel Azparren to the Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team. We believe his Basque spirit and determination will be a promising asset to our squad, and we look forward to achieving great success together in the coming season. He’s a young motivated rider with strong time-trialling abilities and a great track record at both classics and stage races. At Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team, our mission extends beyond just podiums. We’re committed to nurturing and developing young talent and with the addition of Xabier we’re reinforcing our dedication to these principles,” said Doug Ryder, General Manager at Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team.
Xabier Mikel Azparren is the fourth reinforcement for the team for the upcoming 2024 season. He joins new signings Giacomo Nizzolo, Frederik Frison and Rory Townsend.