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by Shane Stokes
September 12, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
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The Movistar team of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde has announced that it will introduce a new UCI-registered women’s team in 2018, with the goal being to boost the level of the Spanish riders in the peloton. “The birth of this squad is a boost from Telefónica and Abarca Sports to the strength of women’s cycling in Spain,” it said in conference after the Vuelta a España. “[It is] committed to offer Spanish riders the best conditions possible to compete in the international peloton, with the same equipment the men’s team uses.
“Movistar will also collaborate with the Spanish Cycling Federation into several projects to foster grassroots cycling in the country, aiming to reach 1.9 million women on bikes in the future.” According to the Spanish cycling federation, the project will revitalize women’s cycling in the country, while the increased visibility of the races and the competitors will help in attracting new sponsors.
The team also unveiled a new kit which will be worn by this team and also the men’s WorldTour squad. In place of the previous deep blue and green colour combination, the new kit features a vivid blue, white and black. It is made by team kit provider Endura.
Movistar team kit 2018
Speaking at the conference, Alejandro Valverde said that he is fully focussed on regaining his top form for the 2018 season. He crashed out of the Tour de France and recently returned to training on the road, ahead of the initial projected schedule.