Movistar Team, the longest-running and most recognized cycling team in the international cycling squad, celebrated together with Telefnica this Thursday the presentation of the teams that will represent them in their twelfth sponsorship campaign. It will be the 43rd year of a team born in 1980 and that, after almost 1,000 victories -they are only five away from reaching that figure-, will continue fighting for great goals in 2022 that starts with an act before the media and fans held in digital format . A press conference and a public event broadcast by #Vamos (exclusive sports channel for Movistar+ clients), as well as on the Movistar Team YouTube channel, served to publicize the faces of the 53 members of the blue team.
Jos Mara lvarez-Pallete, Executive President of Telefnica, welcomed the attendees to an event where, for the first time, three templates were presented on the Vera stage (Almera), the venue for the event next to the Movistar+ plats in Madrid. “I want to remember two great professionals and teammates who sadly left us last year, Gary Baos and Jess Hoyos, to whose family and friends I send all my love and warm memories. For us, the Movistar Team represents much more than just a team cyclist. It is a true image of our values, which include effort, the ability to excel, work and commitment. That is why we are proud that you are part of the Telefnica family. Despite the fact that circumstances have forced us to carry out this event virtually, I am looking forward to welcoming you, especially the new additions, to Distrito Telefnica very soon. We put in your hands our main brands, and above all, our illusion. We ask you the same thing as always: honor the brand in every training session and every competition”.
The Movistar eTeam, a blue structure esports team born in March 2021 to compete in the main international virtual cycling events, was the protagonist for the first time in a gala of these characteristics, with its two captains – Ana Dillana from Extremadura and Dutch Pim van Diemen- as representatives of a group of 10 athletes (5 women and 5 men).
Alejandro Valverde, reference and leader of the Movistar Team for more than fifteen years, received the thanks of his main sponsor in his last team presentation as a professional cyclist, before starting a 2022 campaign with which he is expected to close his career on the bike. Enric Mas, podium (2) in the last edition of La Vuelta and twice top-ten in the Tour de France, will lead, together with ‘Bala’, a men’s squad with eight new faces, among which one of the names of the Spanish cycling in 2021, Alex Aranburu from Gipuzkoa, and two additions that reinforce the Movistar Team’s Hispanic-American component: Ivn Sosa (Colombia) and the young Vincius Rangel (Brazil).
With them, with those already present Abner Gonzlez (Puerto Rico), Einer Rubio and Paula Patio (COL) and with the arrival of Arlenis Sierra (Cuba), a Movistar Team continues to grow, whose female squad will continue to be led by Annemiek van Vleuten. The number 1 cyclist in the world in 2021, accompanied by the great revelation of last season’s international squad, the young Emma Norsgaard, are the two mainstays of a telephone block with skill on all terrains and great potential in the figures of Katrine Aalerud , Aude Biannic, Sara Martn, Aude Biannic, Sheyla Gutirrez or the other addition for the new year, the Australian Sarah Gigante.
The 2022 presentation of the Movistar Team served to demonstrate, once again, the strong association of values and objectives between Telefnica and its main sponsor. Equal opportunities and teamwork, represented by road captains such as Imanol Erviti -also present at the event- and the strength of a women’s team that has risen to the top-3 of the world ranking in just four years. The commitment to innovation, expressed in the work of the team’s partners and the arrival, in 2021, of Telefnica Tech, with Big Data as the protagonist. The promotion of awareness campaigns, both for cyclists and drivers, about the importance of mutual respect on the road, under the slogan #RodamosJuntos. And the great commitment to sustainability, promoted in the last two years by the Movistar Team and which has received the support of its sponsor; the applause of the International Cycling Union, which places the team as an example; and the Seal of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition of the Spanish government.
Telefónica, a great supporter of Spanish cycling with its sponsorships of the Movistar Team and also of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, with the ‘Women in Bike’ program as its main drive, wants to continue betting on bringing this sport closer to the public like no one else does, and to premiere, in the near future, the third season of the documentary series ‘El Día Less Pensado’. The 2021 campaign of the men’s and women’s telephone teams will be the protagonist of this new installment.
The Movistar Team starts its 2022 season, in relation to its road team, in less than a week, with the debut of its men’s team in the Challenge de Mallorca next Wednesday 26. The women’s squad will begin its activity shortly after, on Sunday February 6, in the Vuelta CV Fminas, while the eTeam continues from the beginning of January the second block of its calendar this winter, in the Premier Division of the Zwift Racing League.
MOVISTAR TEAM – ROSTERS 2022
– Men’s Team: Alex Aranburu, Jorge Arcas, Will Barta (USA), Iigo Elosegui, Imanol Erviti, Ivn Garca Cortina, Abner Gonzlez (PUR), Juri Hollmann (GER), Gorka Izagirre, Johan Jacobs (SUI), Matteo Jorgenson (USA), Max Kanter (GER), Oier Lazkano, Enric Mas, Llus Mas, Gregor Mhlberger (AUT), Mathias Norsgaard (DEN), Nelson Oliveira (POR), Antonio Pedrero, Vincius Rangel (BRA), scar Rodríguez, Jos Joaqun Rojas, Einer Rubio (COL), Sergio Samitier, Gonzalo Serrano, Ivn Sosa (COL), Albert Torres, Alejandro Valverde, Carlos Verona. General Manager: Eusebio Unzu. Responsible for Performance (both teams): Patxi Vila. Technical Manager (both groups): Ivn Velasco. Sports directors: Chente García Acosta, Jos Luis Jaimerena, Maximilian Sciandri (GBR), Pablo Lastras.
– Female team: Katrine Aalerud (NOR), Aude Biannic (FRA), Jelena Eri (SRB), Sarah Gigante (AUS), Alicia Gonzlez, Barbara Guarischi (ITA), Sheyla Gutirrez, Sara Martn, Emma Norsgaard (DEN), Lourdes Oyarbide, Paula Patio (COL), Gloria Rodríguez, Arlenis Sierra (CUB), Annemiek van Vleuten (NED). Manager: Sebastian Unzu. Sports directors: Jorge Sanz, Pablo Lastras.
– Movistar eTeam: Pim van Diemen (NED), Ana Dillana, Vidar Mehl (NOR), Steph Clutterbuck (GBR), Daniel Guld (DEN), Hayley Simmonds (GBR), Jimmy Kershaw (GBR), Becky Storrie (IOM), Miguel Angel Andrs, Beth Maciver (SCO).