The cycling team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA presents the new jersey for season 2015. The arrival of Italian clothing brand ALE and the incorporation of Fuji as a sponsor are the most notable changes from the previous season. With a modern design, which continues to promote green as the main color and modern and stylized forms. The new skin Caja Rural-Seguros RGA expected to be a favorite of cycling fans.
Continue from 2014: Spiuk, Bed4U, Rotor, SportLast, TRP, Irizar, SDI Imprenta, Unikum, Elite, Vitasport, Restaurante Ñam, Indiba, Euskorot, Café La Brasileña, KMC, X-Sauce and Sencillo Bikes.
New sponsors: Fuji, Ale, Oval Concepts, Vittoria, Unior, Astore, Prologo, Zipvit, xpedo, Belascoain and QM.
ALE – ALE is the new skin of the team. The italian brand of maillot will be the official team clothing.
Fuji – The team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA will use in 2015 Fuji bicycles. Models that will take cyclists will be: Transonic, Altamira y Norcom Straight.
“Caja Rural-Seguros RGA is a team that has grown tremendously over the last few years and makes their presence known in every event they race – always looking for opportunities to attack, always in the breaks fighting for stage wins. Just look at how they’re doing in the Vuelta,” said Fuji Sponsorship Manager Milay Galvez.
“A lot of great things have happened for Fuji in Spain,” Galvez added. “We partnered for three years with Spanish team Fuji-Servetto (later Footon-Servetto and Geox-TMC) to design our Altamira, named after the prehistoric caves in Cantabria, Spain. And the team went on to earn us our first grand tour victory at the 2011 Vuelta a España on it. Last year, Leo König also showed just how much the Altamira loves Spain’s steepest gradients, winning Stage 8 of the 2013 Vuelta.”
“Lots of racing to look forward to, but we especially can’t wait to return to the Tour of Spain with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA – a team comprised of ultra-strong climbers sure to thrive on the Altamira and who have already achieved great success there. Plus, we’ve got two new weapons in the arsenal,” said Galvez.
In addition to the Altamira (Fuji’s lightest ever production bike), Caja Rural-RGA’s 20-rider squad will race Fuji’s brand-new aero road bike launched at the 2014 Tour de France:Transonic. The riders will have their choice between Fuji’s top two carbon road platforms to determine which caters best to their riding style. The team will also race Fuji’s Norcom Straight time trial bike, which earned a podium, Top-5, and Team Classification victory at the 2014 TdF TT.
“Fuji has an excellent reputation in the pro peloton, and we were looking for a partner to take us to the next level. Plus, it’s exciting to see how Fuji’s sponsorships have shaped their products. They’re really invested in the collecting product feedback from their athletes. We look forward to collaborating with them on their next road project that we’ve already begun discussing,” said Juan Manuel Hernandez of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
Established in 1992 in the junior and amateur categories with the aim of promoting the sport of cycling to the next generation and supporting clean racing, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA fostered the development of riders such as Aitor Gonzales, Mikel Nieve, and Iker Flores. In 2010, the team turned Continental, winning stages at the Tour of Leon and Tour of Portugal. And in 2011, the team turned Pro Continental. The Spanish banking company, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, has been a sponsor since the team’s inception, and its insurance house, Seguros RGA, recently signed on.
To date, the team’s greatest achievements include: Antonio Piedra’s 2012 Vuelta Stage 15 victory, Javier Aramendia’s overall Combativity Classification win at the 2013 Vuelta, Francesco Lasca’s 2013 Vuelta La Rioja title, and Amets Txurraka’s 2013 Vuelta a Asturias GC win. Thus far in 2014, the team has tallied four victories, including four-time TdF stage winner Luis León Sanchez’s stage wins at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.
The team’s current roster is largely comprised of Spanish climbers, who excel in stage races – particularly mountain stages. But the team seeks to add riders from other countries who can bolster the team’s versatility and help them improve in one-day races and the classics. The 2015 roster will be announced later in the season. The only confirmed rider as of now is Pello Bilbao, winner of this year’s Klasika Primavera.
The team’s schedule has yet to be determined, but sure to be on the calendar are the Vuelta a España, Volta a Cataluna, Clasica de San Sebastian, Vuelta a Burgos, and Vuelta a Portugal.