The Andalucía Bike Race will mark the return of one of the best cyclists in history. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France, two-time winner of the Giro d’Italia and world road champion in Colombia in 1995: the Spaniard Miguel Indurain.

The 59-year-old cyclist from Navarre, Miguel Indurain, will take part in the fourteenth edition of the Andalucía Bike Race, which will be held between February 26 and March 2 in Jaén and Córdoba, whose provinces will host three stages each.

The organization announced in a press release the presence of the former rider born in Villava, who also has a world time trial title in 1995 and another Olympic title in this modality in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

“A cycling legend will be with us in this edition and we look forward to seeing you in our territory, Miguel,” they said when announcing the presence of the Navarrese rider.

The Andalucía Bike, which will start in the town of Bedmar, Jaén, will repeat the formula used in the 2023 edition and will have a double category: in pairs and individual, thus opening the range of options for cyclists who do not find a partner or want to ride alone.

The second and third stages will start and finish in Jaen capital, and on the way to the province of Cordoba will stop again in Villafranca de Cordoba-Adamuz, where this time the participants will ride the trails of this neighboring town of Villafranca.

Finally, the race will move to Cordoba to host the last two stages, on March 1 and 2, and put the finishing touch to a race with a total of 340 kilometers of route.

Miguel Induráin, one of the best in history

He is one of the most legendary cyclists in the history of the sport, especially recognized for his dominance in races against the clock and his ability to maintain a constant pace in mountain stages. Born on July 16, 1964 in Villava, Spain, Induráin began his professional career in 1984 and quickly proved to be an exceptional talent in cycling.

His first major achievement came in 1985 when he won the Vuelta a España on his debut, becoming the youngest champion in the history of that competition. However, his real reign began in the Tour de France. Between 1991 and 1995, Induráin achieved an astonishing record of five consecutive Tour victories, establishing himself as one of the greatest climbers and time trialists of all time.

His ability to maintain a constant speed and his unwavering endurance in the mountain stages gave him absolute dominance in the French race. In addition, his exceptional ability against the clock allowed him to win multiple stages against the clock and secure his lead over his competitors.

Induráin also won the Giro d’Italia twice in 1992 and 1993, demonstrating his versatility as a grand tour rider. His quiet style and calm presence on the bike earned him the nickname “Miguelón,” reflecting his imposing physique and serene character.

In addition to his victories in the grand tours, Induráin also accumulated multiple titles and records in time trials, including four world time trial championships between 1995 and 1996.

Source: y Agencia EFE