Movistar Team (men's team)

Movistar Team (UCI team code: MOV) is a professional road bicycle racing team which participates at UCI WorldTeam level and has achieved thirteen general classification (GC) victories in Grand Tours. The title sponsor is the Spanish mobile telephone company Telefónica, with the team riding under the name of the company's brand Movistar.[1]

Movistar Team
Team information
Founded1980 (1980)
StatusUCI WorldTeam
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerEusebio Unzué
Team manager(s)José Vicente García
Pablo Lastras
Max Sciandri
Patxi Vila
Team name history
1980–1989 Reynolds
1990–2000 Banesto
2004–2005 Illes Balears–Banesto
2005 Illes Balears–Caisse d'Epargne
2006 Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears
2007–2010 Caisse d'Epargne
2011– Movistar Team
Current season

The team was formed as Reynolds, led by Ángel Arroyo and later by Pedro Delgado, who won a Tour de France and a Vuelta a España, and was subsequently sponsored by Banesto, under which name the team included 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin and Alex Zülle, twice winner of the Vuelta a España. The team offices are in Egüés, in Navarre, Spain.[2] A later sponsor was Caisse d'Épargne, a French semi-cooperative banking group.

Having previously used Pinarello bikes, the team rode Canyon frames in 2014, with Campagnolo parts. Since 2008, Eusebio Unzué has been the manager of the team after the long running manager, José Miguel Echavarri, retired from the sport. The directeurs sportifs of the team are José Vicente García, Pablo Lastras, José Luis Jaimerena, Patxi Vila and Max Sciandri.[3]

History edit

Reynolds (1980–1989) edit

The team began in 1980 as the Reynolds team which José Miguel Echavarri as the directeur sportif.[4] In 1982 signed a young Pedro Delgado who acted as a domestique for team leader Ángel Arroyo during the 1982 Vuelta a España.[5] Arroyo won the Vuelta after his team controlled the race after he took the lead. 48 hours after his Vuelta win, the results of a positive test were made known for Methylphenidate (Ritalin).[6]

Arroyo and the Reynolds team denied that Arroyo doped and asked for a B-analysis which confirmed the positive A-sample. Arroyo became the first winner of the Vuelta a España to be disqualified.[6] Delgado changed teams in 1985 but returned to Reynolds in 1988 where he won the 1988 Tour de France and then the 1989 Vuelta a España with the team. In 1984, Miguel Induráin made his professional debut with the team.

Banesto (1990–2003) edit

Gérard Rué in a Banesto jersey in 1993

In 1990, Spanish bank Banesto took over as the main sponsor of the team from Reynolds. Delgado was the team leader for the Tour de France while Miguel Induráin and Julián Gorospe were the leaders for the week long stage races. When Gorospe took the lead in that year's Vuelta, the team went behind him in a bid to win the race. Gorospe lost the leader's jersey and Delgado took over the leadership but could not regain the time that Italian Marco Giovannetti had gained and ended the race second overall behind Giovannetti.

Over the following years, Indurain rose to become a dominator of stage races winning five editions of the Tour de France and two editions of the Giro d'Italia. Delgado was the team leader for the Vuelta. The team also achieved success with Jean-François Bernard who won the 1992 edition of Paris–Nice with the team.

The team won the Vuelta again in 1998 with Abraham Olano. During this time Alex Zülle joined the team and finished the 1999 Tour de France second overall while legendary climber José María Jiménez performed in the Vuelta a España. The team became known as in the final years of the sponsorship of the Banesto bank.

Illes Balears (2004–2005) edit

In 2004, Illes Balears, the Balearic Island's Tourism Board, became the team's principal sponsor, the team's name was Illes Balears-Banesto until 2005. Caisse d'Epargne took over from Banesto as the second sponsor in the 2005 season, the team was then known as Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne. Caisse d'Epargne then became the main sponsor in 2006 reversing the title sponsor ordering with the name, Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears.

The team fielded a number of strong contenders in the 2005 Tour de France including Francisco Mancebo (former National Champion of Spain), Alejandro Valverde, Vladimir Karpets and sprinter Isaac Gálvez. Mancebo produced the best results finishing fourth overall in the General Classification.

Caisse d'Epargne (2006–2010) edit

Alejandro Valverde in the race leader's jersey during the final stage of the 2009 Vuelta a España

Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears finished fifth overall (56 minutes, 53 seconds behind Team T-Mobile) in the Team Classification at the 2006 Tour de France. Individually, the team's top rider, Óscar Pereiro, finished in second place. The Tour victory of Phonak rider Floyd Landis was almost immediately called into question, after a urine sample taken after his Stage 17 win twice tested positive for banned synthetic testosterone as well as a ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone nearly three times the limit allowed by World Anti-Doping Agency rules.[7]

After hearing of the positive "A" test, Pereiro stated that it was only an initial, unconfirmed result and he would not yet consider Landis guilty or himself the Tour winner. "I have too much respect for Landis to do otherwise", he said.[8] After hearing that the Landis "B" test also came back positive, Pereiro stated that he now considers himself Tour champion and the Landis scandal should not diminish his own achievement. "Right now I feel like the winner of the Tour de France", Pereiro said. "It's a victory for the whole team."[9] After nearly two years of appeals, Pereiro was officially upgraded to Tour champion for 2006.[10]

Movistar (2011– ) edit

Lluís Mas in Movistar's current jersey, 2023

On 31 May 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the appeals from WADA and the UCI regarding the suspension of Alejandro Valverde for his implication in the Operación Puerto doping case. Valverde was banned for two years, starting 1 January 2010 and after serving the two-year suspension returned to competition in 2012 riding for the Movistar Team.[11][12]

The 2011 season proved to be a transitional one for the team, with their first victory coming as a single stage win in the Tour Down Under, courtesy of Francisco José Ventoso. The team found success with stage wins in the Volta a Catalunya and Tour of the Basque Country. The team also won two stages of the Giro d'Italia: Ventoso won stage 6 and Vasil Kiryienka won stage 20. The team's final Grand Tour win came courtesy of Rui Costa in the Tour de France.

The 2012 season saw the team re-establish itself as one of the major general classification contenders. The return of Valverde almost immediately brought the team success with a stage win in the Tour Down Under, followed by the overall win of the Vuelta a Andalucía as well as a stage win. Colombian new recruit Nairo Quintana also brought the team overall victory at the Vuelta a Murcia. The team scored multiple overall classification victories; Quintana claimed the Route du Sud, Rui Costa the Tour de Suisse, Javier Moreno the Vuelta a Castilla y León and finally Beñat Intxausti won the Vuelta a Asturias. The team also won stages in all three Grand Tours.

The 2013 season closely followed the previous years, Valverde scored multiple early season results with the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana and an overall win in the Vuelta a Andalucía. Quintana further reinforced his potential as a Grand Tour GC rider with the overall win in the Tour of the Basque Country as well as claiming second place in the Tour de France, taking the King of the Mountains in addition to the Young rider classification. He further reinforced his reputation as a force to be reckoned with, with an overall win in the Vuelta a Burgos. Intxausti got the team's final overall win of the year and Costa won the UCI World Road Race championships. For the 2014 season the team confirmed that they would shift from Pinarello bikes to Canyon Bicycles.[13]

For 2014, the team adopted a 'divide and conquer' based tactic for the season's Grand Tours; first sending Quintana to the Giro, Valverde to the Tour and then finally both riders to the Vuelta. Quintana achieved the team's first victory – winning stage 4 of the Tour de San Luis as well as the overall classification, Adriano Malori also won the individual time trial stage. Once again Valverde won the Vuelta a Andalucía as well as the Vuelta a Murcia, Roma Maxima, GP Miguel Induráin and La Flèche Wallonne. In May, Quintana won the team's first Grand Tour since Valverde's 2009 Vuelta victory, the 2014 Giro d'Italia. As with the previous season, Quintana defended his Vuelta a Burgos title winning it for the second straight year.

In August 2014, the team announced the signing of Marc Soler (Lizarte)[14] and Rubén Fernández (Caja Rural–Seguros RGA) on a 2-year contract.[15]

At the 2015 Tour de France, the team finished first in the teams classification, and the two top men of the team, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde finished second and third in the general classification, respectively, with Quintana also winning the white jersey as best young rider, and finishing second in the king of the mountains classification.[16][17]

During the 2016 Tour, the team finished first in the teams classification by 8' 14" over Team Sky. Nairo Quintana made the podium by finishing third overall in the general classification standings and Ion Izagirre claimed victory on stage 20. Later during the 2016 Vuelta a España, Quintana won stage 10 and the overall. The team concluded the year with their fourth win in the team ranking of 2016 UCI World Tour.

In 2019, Richard Carapaz won the Giro d'Italia, and the team won the team classification in all three Grand Tours. The team's season is captured in a documentary series, The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team 2019, available on Netflix.[18]

Team roster edit

As of 10 January 2024.[19]
Rider Date of birth
  Alex Aranburu (ESP) (1995-09-19) 19 September 1995 (age 28)
  Jorge Arcas (ESP) (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 31)
  Jon Barrenetxea (ESP) (2000-04-20) 20 April 2000 (age 23)
  Will Barta (USA) (1996-01-04) 4 January 1996 (age 28)
  Carlos Canal (ESP) (2001-06-28) 28 June 2001 (age 22)
  Rémi Cavagna (FRA) (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 28)
  Davide Cimolai (ITA) (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 34)
  Davide Formolo (ITA) (1992-10-25) 25 October 1992 (age 31)
  Iván García Cortina (ESP) (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 28)
  Fernando Gaviria (COL) (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 29)
  Ruben Guerreiro (POR) (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 29)
  Johan Jacobs (SUI) (1997-03-01) 1 March 1997 (age 26)
  Oier Lazkano (ESP) (1999-11-07) 7 November 1999 (age 24)
  Enric Mas (ESP) (1995-01-07) 7 January 1995 (age 29)
  Lorenzo Milesi (ITA) (2002-03-19) 19 March 2002 (age 21)
Rider Date of birth
  Manlio Moro (ITA) (2002-03-17) 17 March 2002 (age 21)
  Gregor Mühlberger (AUT) (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 29)
  Mathias Norsgaard (DEN) (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 26)
  Nelson Oliveira (POR) (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 34)
  Antonio Pedrero (ESP) (1991-10-23) 23 October 1991 (age 32)
  Nairo Quintana (COL) (1990-02-04) 4 February 1990 (age 34)
  Vinícius Rangel (BRA) (2001-05-26) 26 May 2001 (age 22)
  Iván Romeo (ESP) (2003-08-16) 16 August 2003 (age 20)
  Javier Romo (ESP) (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 25)
  Einer Rubio (COL) (1998-02-22) 22 February 1998 (age 26)
  Sergio Samitier (ESP) (1995-08-31) 31 August 1995 (age 28)
  Pelayo Sánchez (ESP) (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 23)
  Gonzalo Serrano (ESP) (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 29)
  Iván Sosa (COL) (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 26)
  Albert Torres (ESP) (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 33)

Major wins edit

National, continental and world champions edit

  Spain Road Race José Luis Laguía
  Spain Road Race Carlos Hernández
  Spain Road Race Miguel Induráin
  World Time Trial Miguel Induráin
  British Road Race Jeremy Hunt
  Spain Road Race José María Jiménez
  World Time Trial Abraham Olano
  Spain Road Race Rubén Plaza
  Spain Road Race Francisco Mancebo
  Spain Time Trial José Iván Gutiérrez
  Spain Time Trial José Iván Gutiérrez
  France Road Race Florent Brard
  Spain Road Race Joaquim Rodríguez
  Spain Time Trial José Iván Gutiérrez
  Spain Road Race Alejandro Valverde
  Spain Time Trial Luis León Sánchez
  Spain Road Race José Iván Gutiérrez
  Spain Time Trial Luis León Sánchez
  Portugal Time Trial Rui Costa
  Spain Road Race José Joaquín Rojas
  Spain Road Race Francisco Ventoso
  Belarus Time Trial Branislau Samoilau
  British Time Trial Alex Dowsett
  Spain Time Trial Jonathan Castroviejo
  Portugal Time Trial Rui Costa
  Spain Road Race Jesús Herrada
  World Road Race Rui Costa
  Spain Time Trial Alejandro Valverde
  Spain Road Race Ion Izagirre
  Italy Time Trial Adriano Malori
  British Time Trial Alex Dowsett
  Italy Time Trial Adriano Malori
  Spain Time Trial Jonathan Castroviejo
  Spain Road Race Alejandro Valverde
  British Time Trial Alex Dowsett
  Spain Time Trial Ion Izagirre
  Portugal Time Trial Nelson Oliveira
  Spain Road Race José Joaquín Rojas
  European Time Trial Jonathan Castroviejo
  Spain Time Trial Jonathan Castroviejo
  Spain Road Race Jesús Herrada
  World Road Race Alejandro Valverde
  Spain Road Race Alejandro Valverde
  European Track Championships (Madison) Sebastián Mora & Albert Torres
  European Track Championships (Points race) Sebastián Mora
  Puerto Rico Time Trial Abner González
  Puerto Rico Road Race Abner González
  Denmark Time Trial Mathias Norsgaard
  Brazil Under-23 Time Trial Vinícius Rangel
  Brazil Road Race Vinícius Rangel
  Puerto Rico Road Race Abner González
  Spain Road Race Oier Lazkano
  Austria Road Race Gregor Mühlberger

Former riders edit

See also edit

References edit

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  15. ^ "Rubén Fernández signs for Movistar". Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  16. ^ Andrew Hood (26 July 2015). "Lost time in Stage 2 will haunt Nairo Quintana". ESPN. Archived from the original on 29 July 2015.
  17. ^ Joe Lindsey (25 July 2015). "Stage 20 Analysis: Quintana and Froome's Battle of What Ifs". Archived from the original on 26 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Richard Carapaz wins Giro d'Italia to make cycling history for Ecuador". The Guardian. Associated Press. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
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