Three-time Portuguese TT champion to join Movistar Team on two-year contract after brilliant stage win in Vuelta a España this season
The Movistar Team confirmed on Thursday that Nelson Oliveira (Vilarinho do Bairro, POR – 1989) will be part of its squad during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. A pro rider since 2010, the Portuguese talent (1.80m, 67kg) has gone through a strong progresion during the last two years, shining as well in the flat, his biggest strength, as in the hills and mountains.
Winner of three Portuguese national TT championships –including two consecutive editions in 2014 and 2015– and seventh-placed in last year's World Championships time trial in Ponferrada, Oliveira had a breakthrough summer this season, racing the Tour, the Clásica San Sebastián –where he was 12th, within some of the biggest names in the sport– and most notably the Vuelta.
At Spain –the land that saw him enjoy his pro debut, within the ranks of the Xacobeo-Galicia team–, Oliveira spent hundreds of kilometers into the breaks, stayed with the GC riders on the hardest stages –11th in both Andorra and Cercedilla's finishes–, came close to a stage win –2nd in Ávila– and took a spectacular victory in Tarazona, holding behind a 30-rider breakaway with power and inteliligence for the final 25km of stage thirteen.