A unique opportunity to enjoy cycling, wearing the clothes of the legendary KAS Team with the Etxeondo quality.
Over the decade of the ‘50s, Spanish cycling enjoyed the enthusiasm of the masses, lauding genuine heroes, such as Poblet, Martin Bahamontes, Loroño…who shone brightly in the most important races worldwide. The brothers Knörr, owners of KAS Refreshment Company and cycling enthusiasts, discovered a great way to promote their company through this sport and decided to sponsor a new team project that was emerging in Spain. So amid this public fervour, the new KAS team was born in Victoria in 1958.
The first era of the team lasted until 1979. There were very successful years, reaped by many in the workforce, such as Bahamontes, Gabica, Julio Jiménez, Karmany, Pérez Francés, Gandarias, López Carril, Galdós, Pesarrodona, Perurena, Fuente, Lasa…and many others, along with many team triumphs, demonstrating the potential of this squad, seen as one of the most acclaimed within international pelotons. In 1979, the team suffered a major transformation, moving their headquarters to Belgium and forming two side-by-side teams: one Belgian, captained by Van Impe and Criquelion and another Spanish team captained by Galdós and Juan Fernández. Although there were a few triumphs, after 21 consecutive years at the end of the season, KASs sponsorship came to an end.
The withdrawal of the prestigious refreshment company left a bitter taste left in the mouths of the fans until 1985, when they returned as the third sponsor of the French team SKILL, counting among its ranks the great Sean Kelly. In 1986, only one year later, the company took the reins again as the principle sponsor.It was to be a period of great successes, headed by the Irish cyclist, who lead the team to their greatest heights in the most prestigious races such as Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Nice or Vuelta a España, but sadly, this journey didn’t have much continuity and in 1988, KASs owner and loyal cycling enthusiast passed on.
It was in this second period that ETXEONDO joined the team as equipment supplier. For some time now, this brand had been making the best cycling clothes for the best cyclists, such as Delgado, Indurain, Lejarreta…and those in charge of the teams, conscientious of this, came to the agreement that from that moment, KAS and ETXEONDO would go hand-in-hand.
Triumphs were not long in coming with the victory of French rider Patrice Esnault in the 4th stage of the Tour del Mediterráneo; from then on commenced a glorious three-year period (1986-1988) when, captained by Kelly and well escorted by great cyclists, such as Iñaki Gastón, Jean Luc Vanderbroucke, Acacio Da Silva, Stephen Hodge or the young Peio Ruiz Cabestany, among others, they reached the greatest heights. Unfortunately, with the passing of KASs owner Luis Knörr, enthusiasm for the brand in cycling circles waned and 1988 would be the last year to see that characteristic yellow jersey in the peloton.
23 Years later, ETXEONDO revived those historic moments, which left such a good taste in the mouths of the fans, and paid special tribute by producing a special line recalling the stunning appearance of that outfit.
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