Omar friarSanturtzi, 31 years old, will run the next two seasons for the British team of Ineos, a squad that officially announced this Monday the incorporation of the Biscayan cyclist. Up to now Friar He was a runner for Astana, a team that next year has practically emptied the list of Spanish runners, although he has signed the Catalan David de la Cruz.
Friar is currently the champion of Spain of cycling and a regular among those enrolled in the Tour and in the Lap. In the French round, specifically, in 2018 he was the winner of the stage that ended at the Mende aerodrome, an arrival that he will repeat in 2022, in the Massif Central. It is the last triumph of a Spanish rider on the Tour since neither in 2019, nor in 2020, nor in 2021 have there been any in the Grande Boucle; What’s more, this season there were neither in the Giro nor in the Vuelta.
Gregarious and leak specialist
Precisely Friar He inaugurated his record of grand tour victories when he won a stage of the Giro in 2017. In the Vuelta, on two occasions, he has been proclaimed winner of the mountain classification. Considered a good gregarious, his main job these last seasons in Astana, he is also a leak specialist.
Astana has seen how in 2022 all the Spanish runners that had on the squad leave except the promising one Javier Romo. Gorka Izagirre and Oscar Rodriguez have been signed by Movistar as well as Alex Aranburu, while Ion Izagirre has been hired by Cofidis and Luis Leon Sanchez He goes to Bahrain with Mikel Landa and Pello Bilbao.