- Colombian climber Miguel Ángel López, Puerto Ricos Abner González, Spanish cobbled classics specialist Iván García Cortina headline mens programs additions; Soler, Mas, Alejandro Valverde remain on board
- Annemiek van Vleuten, current European champion and the worlds most remarkable rider for the last three years, leads a new era for the Telefónica-backed squads womens roster, with its strongest, most international lineup (14 riders)
- Movistar Teams 2020 season captured in detail at season 2 of The Least Expected Day, to be aired this spring on Movistar+, as they enter esports again in 2021 with the Movistar Team Challenge, taking ten riders to the top Zwift competitions with the Blue outfit for the very first time.
As it approaches the start of its 42nd season, the Movistar Team held a digital press conference on Thursday to unveil the key details of its sporting project for 2021. The Telefónica-backed squad will feature its longest roster in more than four decades, 43 riders to tackle a vast calendar which is scheduled to start in February.
The team launch was supported by José Mª Álvarez Pallete, Telefónicas Chairman and CEO, Eusebio Unzué, General Manager of the Movistar Team and riders Alejandro Valverde, Marc Soler, Enric Mas, Iván García Cortina and Annemiek Van Vleuten, who have stayed at the teams Almería training camp for the last two weeks. Miguel Ángel López, in turn, joined them from lockdown in Madrid.
At the mens team, five riders are new for the 2021 roster. Miguel Ángel López (COL), podium finisher in both the Giro and La Vuelta and one of the worlds best climbers, Iván García Cortina, Spains best asset for the cobbled classics, Two talented riders for all terrains, Gonzalo Serrano (ESP) and Gregor Mühlberger (AUT), and young hopeful Abner González, the first ever WorldTour rider from Puerto Rico and first Blue member born in the 2000s.
They all reinforce a lineup which still includes two of the most respected Spanish riders, Marc Soler and Enric Mas, plus Alejandro Valverde, who will reach the age of 41 on his bike for a legendary, two-decade career.
The event also helped the team present to the big public the new faces of a quite reinforced womens roster for 2021. Amongst the additions shone Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten, current European road race champion, whose world titles and victories in all different and prestigious races have turned into the best rider in the womens peloton for the past few years. Her arrival, together with the signings of American allrounder Leah Thomas and up-and-coming talents Sara Martín and Emma Norsgaard, is a great boost of confidence for the squad led by Sebastián Unzué, Pablo Lastras and Jorge Sanz. 14 riders are part of the womens program, a member of the UCI Womens WorldTour, the top tier in the sport, for the…
Read More:Source link