A few months before the start of the new season, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team closes its squad with the signing of a rider of the value and experience of Mikel Nieve (Leiza, 1984). The cyclist from Navarre joins the green team with the motivation to continue showing his level and, in addition, to serve as a reference and help in the development of young talents.
After fourteen years as a professional, Nieve returns home where he was in the amateur category, where he already showed signs of his quality, including his victory in the Memorial Valenciaga in 2007. Since his debut as a professional, he has completed a solid career in World Tour teams, participating in up to twenty-two Grand Tours and adding important victories in the best races in the world: three stages in the Giro d’Italia – in addition to the general classification in the mountains in 2016 – a stage in the Vuelta a España and another stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné, always in big days with a marked mountainous profile.
Beyond his victories, Mikel has always been highly valued by the most important structures in the peloton for helping their leaders in the high mountains and taking advantage of his opportunities when the road allowed him.
Nieve will complete his fifteenth professional season in 2022 and will do so in the colours that saw him grow as a cyclist. The Navarrese rider will be the leader, starting out as a true reference in the development of young talents.
Mikel Nieve: “It will be special to wear the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA jersey again. It is the team where I started my apprenticeship as a cyclist, enjoying five very good years of which I have very good memories. Since then the team has grown, in this time I have been able to be part of other teams, with different languages and cultures, and to return to compete at home feels good”.
“I come with the desire to contribute on the bike and also off the bike, to pass on my experiences to my young team-mates and help them in their progression. On a personal level I want to enjoy cycling, as in 2021 I had several crashes that prevented things from going well. I face this new season with a lot of desire and motivation, all the races will be special with this jersey and I want to give the best of me enjoying cycling”.