Basque veteran suffers heavy fall in retirement ride at Il Lombardia: 'I would have liked to finish in a different way.'
The Spanish veteran is the final rider on the Caja Rural roster for 2022 and brings a wealth of experience after 14 seasons in the pro peloton.
The transfer season has been open for several months, but there are still lots of riders without a deal for 2022. Here are five from the men's peloton.
The 37-year-old Mikel Nieve is one of the most experienced riders in the peloton with 20 grand tour finishes under his belt and only one abandon.
Sunday's Vuelta a España stage atop the Alto de l'Angliru produced thrilling action, as Hugh Carthy took a career-defining win, Primož Roglič bent but didn't break, and Richard Carapaz stormed into red. Here's how the other GC stars fared:
Mitchelton-Scott abandons its GC ambitions for a run at stage victories. Is it the right decision?
Mikel Nieve leaves Sky for Orica-Scott in the most high-profile roster move in this transfer season.
The squad will work for the Tasmanian starting this weekend as he attempts to win his first grand tour
Marquee names are battling in the opening stages of the Vuelta a España, delivering on the promise of the season's most exciting grand tour
The Astana rider increases his overall lead with a strong solo ride up the Hautacam to win his fourth stage of the race