Valverde's last season starts as a professional

Movistar's male and female squads were presented at a connected event in Almería, where they trained for the new course.


From the Michael Robinson set to the Movistar concentration bubble in Almería. Pedro Delgado and Mónica Marchante led the presentation of the telephone teams, both male and female (29 runners and 14 runners), and brought the innovations for 2021: the second part of The least thought day, a docuserie of which a preview was issued on the atypical coronavirus season, and the creation of a virtual eSports squad, which will compete in Zwift events. The signings, Iván García Cortina, Superman and Annemiek van Vleuten, offered their first blue statements. But, above anything else, 2021 will become Alejandro Valverde's last year.

Professional since 2002 and in the Movistar structure since 2005, Alejandro Valverde once again confirmed that he is retiring in 2021: “I start with 40 studs and with the idea that it will be my last year. It will be a beautiful and special campaign. I hope we run it all, despite the virus. As challenges I take the Ardennes, the Olympic Games and the Tour of Spain. ”

The manager, Eusebio Unzué, expanded the objectives of his staff: “We intend to aspire to the Games and the World Cups with Torres and Mora; to the classics, with Cortina; to the big ones, with Mas, Soler and Superman; and always under the protection of Alexander. Marc is mature enough and we will see him make his debut as the only leader in the Giro. We will go to the Tour and to La Vuelta with Enric and Miguel Ángel, and in La Vuelta there will also be Alejandro and Marc. Our behavior will depend on the evolution of the races and the rivals. The style of the Movistar is designed for the big rounds, but increasingly diversified. ”

Superman, confined in Madrid, due to his positive for COVID-19, was satisfied with his incorporation: “The virus has not disrupted anything, it was going to start late. I would like to complete Tour and Vuelta. I came to Movistar because it is a group that seeks the three-week rounds ”. Soler is "excited about the captaincy in the Giro", while Cortina will bet "on the Roubaix and the northern classics" .

With respect to female training, Van Vleuten's signature “represents a before and after”, in the words of the person in charge, Sebastián Unzué: “She is one of the best cyclists in the world, so thanks to her we will have the chance to win every time that she put on a number, and that should give the rest of the girls a bonus to grow together with her these next two years ”. The Dutch said that she feels "very motivated and happy for the adventure." A vision shared by the president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete: “We are facing an exceptional situation, although Movistar brings hope with its performance on the road, it knows how to get the best out of it and wears the brand with pride” .

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