Movistar Reveal Formidable Lineup for 2018 Pro Season
Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa head up Movistar's squad, as they reveal their super cool 2018 team kit
35 riders will be part of the two Movistar Team rosters (men's and women's teams) which Telefónica presented Thursday at a Distrito Telefónica's main Auditorium filled with people for the launch of the Blues' 2018 season. Led by Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde –very well recovered from his crash in the 2017 Tour de France– and Mikel Landa, Spain's biggest hopeful and the most remarkable signing by the Navarra-based outfit for next season, the 25 riders of the men's team mixed at the stands with the 10 members of the new women's team Movistar is launching in 2018.
Both squads will share the same technical support and wear the same Endura kit the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué has received for the next season, consisting of a brighter blue jersey, in compliance with Movistar's new corporate image, and a more traditional, dark-blue bibshort.
During the event, the new Canyon bike livery for 2018 was unveiled with use of both augmented and virtual reality, a design both teams will also share. The Movistar Team, supported by Telefónica as title sponsor for an eighth consecutive year and winners of four UCI WorldTour titles in the last five years, will attempt to round up the treble of Grand Tour wins in the Tour de France, following success by Nairo Quintana in the Giro d'Italia (2014) and the Vuelta a España (2016).
Movistar Team – 2018 Rosters
Men's Team: Andrey Amador (CRC), Winner Anacona (COL), Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero, Daniele Bennati (ITA), Carlos Betancur (COL), Nuno Bico (POR), Richard Carapaz (ECU), Héctor Carretero, Jaime Castrillo, Víctor de la Parte, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Fernández, Mikel Landa, Nelson Oliveira (POR), Antonio Pedrero, Dayer Quintana (COL), Nairo Quintana (COL), José Joaquín Rojas, Jaime Rosón, Eduardo Sepúlveda (ARG), Marc Soler, Jasha Süttlerlin (GER), Rafa Valls, Alejandro Valverde. Sports directors: José Luis Arrieta, Chente García Acosta, José Luis Jaimerena, Pablo Lastras.
Women's Team: Aude Biannic (FRA), Mavi García, Alicia González, Malgorzata Jasinska (POL), Lorena Llamas, Eider Merino, Rachel Neylan (AUS), Lourdes Oyarbide, Gloria Rodríguez, Alba Teruel.
Sports director: Jorge Sanz.