Movistar signs Iván García Cortina

The Navarrese team has announced the signing of the Asturian rider after four brilliant years at Bahrein-McLaren. AG2R signs Olympic gold and Bardet will seek the Tour with Sunweb.


Monday full of outstanding movements in the world of cycling. One of the most outstanding has been that of the Asturian Iván García Cortina. After confessing in AS that he would not continue next season at the Bahrain McLaren, this Monday the Movistar team has made official the incorporation of the rider for the next three seasons, until 2023, confirming the rumors that placed the Asturian in the orbit of the telephone team .

Movistar dropped the news with this enigmatic tweet about the cobblestone classics, with several images of the races. "Cycling is pursuing dreams and new horizons with each pedal stroke. From today we begin to look for a shared dream. One that Spanish cycling, and its fans yearn for and deserve to make come true," and a few minutes later the signing of Cortina.

In this way, Movistar acquires one of the young pearls of Spanish cycling who at 24 years old (he will turn 25 in November) has already shone in one-day classics and who will be the team's great reference in the pavé classics, one of the weak points of the Navarrese squad.

In his four seasons in the Bahrain-McLaren Cortina he has already shown that he can measure himself against the great figures of the peloton in the kicks, as evidenced by his victories on a stage of the Tour of California in 2019 or on another sprint in Paris-Nice this season, as well as standing out in one-day classics, as shown by his third place finish at last year's Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.

In statements collected on the team's website, Cortina showed her enthusiasm for this new challenge and hopes to win the Paris-Roubaix with the team's colors. "I am super happy to become part of Movistar from 2021. I have been in my current team for four years and I have always been very comfortable, but I think the time has come to make a change, to seek new goals, new challenges, new motivations ... and I think the time is right. It is the home team and we pursue a common dream; I have always had a personal bet, which is at the same time one of the few great races to beat this team, which It is Paris-Roubaix. Dreams are to be fulfilled and we will have to fight for it "

This Monday has also left us other outstanding signings in the peloton such as the arrival at AG2R of Greg Van Avermaet due to the uncertainty in the CCC team. The French team announced the arrival of the Belgian champion, current Olympic gold and one of the great riders of the peloton in the one-day races, who will share the team with his compatriot Oliver Naesen and who will sign with the French team until 2023. Together with Van Avermaet Swiss Michael Schär, one of his trusted men, arrives.

At the same time that the arrival of Van Avermaet to the AG2R was announced, the Sunweb team announced through an original conversation on WhatsApp the arrival of Romain Bardet, who signs for the German squad for the next two seasons with the Tour de France as the main objective . "I get the opportunity at the right moment in my career and I am very motivated to start working with the team," said the Frenchman.

For its part, Israel Start-Up also continues to prepare the team for the arrival of Chris Froome in 2021 with two notable reinforcements: the powerful specialist against the clock Patrick Bevin and the young promise Sebastian Berwick.

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