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JAIMERENA LAURNAGARAY José Luis
(Ass. Sports Director)
LEDANOIS Yvon
(Ass. Sports Director)
ARRIETA LUJAMBIO José Luis
(Ass. Sports Director)
GALILEA ZURBANO Alfonso
(Ass. Sports Director)
MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) - ESP

After a year in which they had no clear leader, but still took nearly two dozen wins, Spain’s longest standing ProTeam Movistar have signed not one, but two key names for 2012 - Alejandro Valverde and Juan José Cobo.

As a squad that started in the mid-eighties as Reynolds and which hit the jackpot as Banesto in the mid-1990s thanks to Miguel Indurain’s five Tour de France wins, no one could accuse the Movistar management of lacking in experience. And after a low-key but consistent 2011, in 2012 the team is upping its game again.

Whilst Valverde will look to the Ardennes Classics as his first big objective of the season, Juan José Cobo will be their main contender in the Tour de France this summer before attempting to repeat his unexpected 2011 win in the Vuelta a España.

Spain’s longstanding team manager, Eusebio Unzue, refuses to put either of his new charges under excessive pressure in their first year in the team, saying “we are not going to set ourselves concrete objectives for 2012 but it’s clear that we have the potential to fight for victories in the most important races.”

Should they start to succeed, Valverde and Cobo will find themselves supported by one of the most experienced groups of Grand Tour riders that any ProTeam could desire. The often-underestimated Rui Costa of Portugal, who won both the GP Montreal and a tough semi-mountainous stage of the Tour de France last year, will be one key support rider. Vasil Kiryienka, who captured the toughest Giro 2011 Alpine stage as well as a complicated, hilly, stage of the Vuelta al País Vasco will be another. Then there are three highly knowledgeable team captains, Pablo Lastras (himself a leader of the Vuelta a España last year), David Arroyo (second in the Giro d’Italia 2010) and Italian veteran Marzio Bruseghin. Nor can Movistar’s two gifted fastmen, 2011 Giro stage winner Fran Ventoso and Spanish national champion Jose Joaquin Rojas be discounted when it comes to fighting for the victory in bunch sprint stages of the Grand Tours.
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Riders
AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA Andrey CRC 29.08.1986
ARROYO DURAN David ESP 07.01.1980
BRUSEGHIN Marzio ITA 15.06.1974
CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS JONATHAN ESP 27.04.1987
COBO ACEBO Juan Jose ESP 11.02.1981
ERVITI OLLO Imanol ESP 15.11.1983
FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto POR 05.10.1986
GUTIERREZ PALACIOS José Ivan ESP 27.11.1978
HERRADA LOPEZ José ESP 01.10.1985
INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA Benat ESP 20.03.1986
IRIARTE Javier ESP 11.11.1986
KARPETS Vladimir RUS 20.09.1980
KIRYIENKA Vasili BLR 28.06.1981
KONOVALOVAS Ignatas LTU 08.12.1985
LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo ESP 20.01.1976
LOPEZ GARCIA David ESP 13.05.1981
MADRAZO RUIZ Angel ESP 30.07.1988
MORENO BAZAN Javier ESP 18.07.1984
PARDILLA BELLON Sergio ESP 16.01.1984
PLAZA MOLINA Ruben ESP 29.02.1980
ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin ESP 08.06.1985
SAMOILAU Branislau BLR 25.05.1985
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro ESP 25.04.1980
VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José ESP 06.05.1982
VISCONTI Giovanni ITA 13.01.1983
Neo
HERRADA LOPEZ Jesus ESP 26.07.1990
QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander COL 04.02.1990
SANZ Enrique ESP 11.09.1989
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