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ATAUN up for the books - Spotlight on Dylan Westley

Dylan Westley has been a Rayner Foundation rider for the past 4 years, all his U23 category. He launched his foreign campaign in 2020 and with that being the disrupted Pandemic year he didnt really get started at all. Since then though he has kept the faith and we can really now start to see the return on investment in the man from Leeds.

After a strong performance as a Junior in 2019 when he won a stage and 5th on GC in the Vuelta a Pamplona right under the noses of the talent scouts he was accepted into the formation of Equipo Lizarte (as it was known then)

2022 jersey of Equipo Lizarte

Equipo Lizarte was founded by Manolo Azcona in 1993 and has existed with different names ever since, this year being the first with the title sponsor of Finisher and a change of colours from pink to green. It is a feeder team to UCI PRO TEAM Kern Pharma. Dylan is the only British rider who has ever been on the team. There are however other foreigners with a Dutch, Costa Rican, Taiwanese and Columbian. their most famous graduate is Richard Carapaz. Dylan lives in Pamplona in an appartment with the other foreign riders and speaks fluent Spanish.

Dylan has been busy over the years, steadily improving his performances and rewarded himself and the team now known as Equipo Finisher, with his first win in their colours last weekend.

Dylan Westley wins in Ataun photo by Karlos Baleztena Zubikarai

He says “Really pleased to get the win in LVIII Ataun San Martin Proba on Sunday, part of the Torneo Euskaldun (Basque Series). I bridged across to the break before attacking on the final climb and then won the sprint from the group that stayed away. Big thanks to my team Equipo Finisher as always and The Rayner Foundation for the continued support.

My next race will be in Beasain on Saturday. For the rest of the season, I will be racing in the National classics, stage races and Basque Series Races in Spain. There are some really big stage races coming up in June before a gap in racing whilst the Spanish National Championships take place. The season then resumes with a lot more racing to come in the summer months.

This season I won’t be coming home to race nationals as I am going to go to Andorra for a training block to put in some good work before the 2nd half of the season here in Spain”.

You can follow Dylan on Twitter @dylan10100 and his team @EqFinisher

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