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Intxausti to leave Euskaltel

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Just as Euskaltel-Euskadi was fortifying its lineup for 2011, with recent signings of Samuel Sánchez, Igor Antón and Romain Sicard, the team announced that it will be losing one of its promising young talents.

Beñat Intxausti confirmed Wednesday he will not ride for the Basque team in 2011 because, according to a press statement, “because they haven’t reached an agreement for the renewal on satisfactory terms on both parties.”

Intxausti, 24, is touted for his grand tour potential and aggressive riding style. His third-place at the Vuelta al País Vasco behind Chris Horner and Alejandro Valverde on seemed to confirm his rising star status.

The Basque rider did not reveal where he will be riding next year, but said he wouldn’t discount returning to the team sometime in the future.

“For me, the podium of this year’s Tour of the Basque Country will be unforgettable and the next year I will come to win it,” he said in a release. “Right now I’m only thinking of doing as well as possible in the Vuelta and then following a path that benefits both me and the team. I really want to weigh my options carefully and make any decisions about my future calmly.”

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