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Iván Raña moves to cycling
Posted by: Annie Emmerson
Posted on: Saturday 6th December 2008

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It was announced this week, that Spain's Iván Raña, has signed a one-year contract with Xacobeo Galicia cycling team.

Raña, who in recent years has been over shadowed by fellow team mate, the World #1 ranked ITU athlete, Javier Gomez, has enjoyed great success in triathlon. At the Sydney 2000 Olympics he finished a commendable fifth at the young age of just 21. In 2002 he won the ITU world Championships and then backed that up with another gold medal at the European Championships the following year. He had a couple of quiet years but returned to his old form this year when he won the Kitzbuhel World Cup, and then finished fifth at the Beijing Olympics after a heroic run, which saw him leading the race with just several kilometres to go.

Raña was quoted as saying that the move to cycling was fulfilling a life-long ambition, but that his long-term objective was still to compete in triathlon at the London Olympics in 2012.

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