'Sometimes I don't know what's happening' - How a Kiwi ended up on a legendary Basque team

James Fouché is one of just a handful of overseas cyclists to ever ride for Euskaltel-Euskadi

James Fouché of Euskaltel-Euskadi in an orange jersey
(Image credit: Luis Gomez / Sprint Cycling Agency)

This season, there's one name that stands out among Euskaltel-Euskadi’s 21-rider roster.

The squad list is loaded with Basque names, a sea of Z's, X's and K's, as you'd expect from a team from the proud region of Spain. Then there are a couple of riders from elsewhere in the country. And then there’s James Fouché, a 26-year-old, from Auckland, New Zealand. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.