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Movistar Team is the longest-running, most successful squad in the UCI WorldTour, which gathers together the 18 most prestigious teams on the planet. 2021 will be the 42nd consecutive season for our 28-member men’s team. The squad also includes an 11-member women’s team, active since 2018.
Some of the team’s biggest current stars are former World Road Race champion Alejandro Valverde, Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler, Vuelta a España GC second-place winner Enric Mas, Italian stars Davide Villella and Dario Cataldo, English sprinter Gabriel Cullaigh and many others. And this year, the female team will be led by Annemiek van Vleuten, former World Champion, European Champion, multiple winner of Strade Bianche, La Course, Giro Rosa and many more.
NEARLY 1,000 VICTORIES
1992, 2008 AND 2013–2016 BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD
IF THE TEAM HAD A MASCOT, IT WOULD BE …
JE: A roadrunner
MN: Greek yogurt with syrup and coconut
FAVORITE PRERACE SONG
JE: "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel
JJ: "Ayy Macarena" by Tyga
GROWING UP, I WANTED TO BE …
JE: An architect
MN: A professional cyclist
JJ: A world champion (I still want it)
FAVORITE MOMENT IN HISTORY
MN: In cycling history, it was when the world championship race was held in Copenhagen in 2011
JJ: Johan Museeuw becoming World Champion in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1996, 6 months prior to my birth. It’s the reason why my name is Johan.
HOW MANY CALORIES DO YOU EAT DAILY DURING TRAINING?
JJ: It depends on the ride, but it’s usually between 200-400 kcal/hour
WHAT DO YOU DO ON REST DAYS?
MN: Read books, watch tv, doing nothing … I hate rest days.
WHAT DATA DO YOU LOOK FOR DURING PRESEASON VS. MIDSEASON?
JE: During the preseason, I’m always meticulous about my 5-8’ power. During the season, I focus more on 1’ and 20-30“ power. Since there is lots of racing midseason, I always keep an eye on stress and recovery.
STRANGEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED DURING A RACE
JE: During the Giro del Trentino race in the mountains of Italy, it started raining, and the temperature went down quickly. Suddenly, while I was descending, lightning struck so close to me that it left me blind. It was so hard to keep my eyes open while on a technical downhill with rain and freezing cold. It was a real tricky situation.
JJ: I once lost my shoe in a cyclocross race. I also lost my saddle in stage 9 of the Tour de L‘Avenir in 2019.
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