Telephone squad’s road captain set for 18th pro season, 21th into Unzué’s squads after signing one-year deal
The irreplaceable figure of Pablo Lastras couldn’t be missed by the Movistar Team in their project for next season. The Madrid-born rider, who will turn 39 on January 20, has signed a one-year contract extension with the telephone squad after a difficult 2014 season for him, yet his experience and combativity -breakaways in the Eneco Tour, the Tour of Britain or Wallonie, where he came close to a top-ten overall finish- always being useful for the group. Part of Unzué’s structure since he joined the Banesto amateur team in 1995, it will be Lastras’ 18th season in the pro scene, always in the same colours.
“It’s a true kuxury to have ‘master’ Lastras aboard for one more year,” appreciated General Manager Eusebio Unzué about Pablo, whose 13 pro wins include the coveted Grand Tour triple (2003 Tour, 2001 Giro, three Vuelta stages in 2002 and 2011). “His involvement and commitment are unique. His assets to the team are invaluable: he adds experience, strategic vision and knows how to pass on his knowledge to the young riders. He’s a rider and a man really necessary for us.”
In turn, Lastras, excited as a neo-pro about and willing to keep giving all he’s got next year, reflected this way on his renewal: “I’m a lucky man. Being able to enjoy bike racing one more year and doing so in the best team in the world is kind of unreal. In 2015, I’ll be as happy to start the season as I was in 1995. Training, travelling around the world, competing and bringing my experience to the team are things I will enjoy – I hope to get the best from every single day here next year.”