With no contact forthcoming at the end of the 2016 season, Amets Txurruka refused to give up on his career as a professional cyclist. The 35-year-old strived to keep his career going and only announced his retirement in May last year.
Txurruka has since found a new place in the professional world of cycling with Velon.
The Basque rider turned professional with Barloworld in 2006 before spending the bulk of his career with Euskaltel-Euskadi. A four stint with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA followed with his final season spent on Orica-GreenEdge. His last race was Il Lombardia where he helped Esteban Chaves to victory in the autumn of 2016.
Across the Australian summer of 2018, Chaves was one of several former teammates Txurruka was again working alongside. Albeit in his new role with Velon at the Tour Down Under and Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. As an ex-rider, Txurruka provides Velon with a wealth of knowledge and contacts within the sport from his riding career. Two key components in him joining Velon as he told Cyclingnews.
“They called me because there was a guy I knew and they needed someone to work with them,” said Txurruka who’s first worked with Velon in June last year.
“In the beginning it was hard. I didn’t know the work. They didn’t know me. For me, it is much easier now because I know all the team, the mechanics and it is good that I know all guys.”
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