The 35 riders who will be part of the two Movistar Team rosters (men’s and women’s teams) were presented on Thursday at Distrito Telefónica’s main Auditorium.
Led by Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa, the team’s biggest signing for next season, the 25 riders of the men’s team mixed 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 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, 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).
The men’s team will kick off their racing scheduled in mid January at the Tour Down Under in Australia, while the new women’s team will make their official debut at the Setmana Valenciana in late February. Both rosters will complete in excess of 300 racing days across more than twenty countries.
MOVISTAR TEAM – 2018 ROSTERS
Movistar 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.