Veteran Spanish rider to fulfil his 5th season with Unzué after huge work as domestique throughout the 2014 season
After a 2014 season full of commitment towards team duties -firstly in favour of Nairo Quintana, with whom he conquered the Giro d’Italia, then with Juanjo Lobato, leading out the young Andalusian into the sprints-, Fran Ventoso has extended his contract with the Movistar Team for an additional season. The Spaniard, 32, came close to victory three times early last season -in San Luis (2nd into a stage), the Trofeo Platja de Muro (2nd) and the GP Nobili (3rd)-, later taking a decisive step forward into an 11-year career always specialized on bunch finishes.
“It’s been really rewarding for me to see your work appreciated after such a season focused on the squad and my team-mates – less individual results, yet the same effort. I’m really happy with what I did and extremely thankful about this renewal,” sums up Ventoso, the final addition of the Blues’ roster for 2015, composed by 28 riders including four signings: Marc Soler (Lizarte, elite2), Rubén Fernández (Caja Rural-RGA), Winner Anacona (Lampre) and Rory Sutherland (Tinkoff-Saxo).
MOVISTAR TEAM – 2015 ROSTER
Andrey Amador (CRC, 28), Winner Anacona (COL, 26), Igor Antón (ESP, 31), Eros Capecchi (ITA, 28), Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP, 27), Alex Dowsett (GBR, 26), Imanol Erviti (ESP, 31), Rubén Fernández (ESP, 23), John Gadret (FRA, 35), Jesús Herrada (ESP, 24), José Herrada (ESP, 29), Beñat Intxausti (ESP, 28), Gorka Izagirre (ESP, 27), Ion Izagirre (ESP, 25), Pablo Lastras (ESP, 38), Juanjo Lobato (ESP, 26), Adriano Malori (ITA, 26), Javi Moreno (ESP, 30), Dayer Quintana (COL, 22), Nairo Quintana (COL, 24), José Joaquín Rojas (ESP, 29), Enrique Sanz (ESP, 25), Marc Soler (ESP, 21), Rory Sutherland (AUS, 32), Jasha Sütterlin (GER, 22), Alejandro Valverde (ESP, 34), Fran Ventoso (ESP, 32), Giovanni Visconti (ITA, 31).
** Ages as of January 1, 2015.