Spanish under-23 TT champion joins Blues after magnificent 2017 season, including national team caps at European and World champs
Jaime Castrillo (21), the current reigning Spanish under-23 time trial champion, is the Movistar Team’s fourth signing for 2018 after the previously confirmed arrivals of Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Jaime Rosón (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Eduardo Sepúlveda (Fortuneo-Oscaro).
The youngster from Jaca, just next to the Pyrenees in the Huesca province, will take the leap towards WorldTour racing with still one year left in his under-23 stage. Castrillo completed his season today, at the road race of the World Championships in Norway, after a promising 13th place in the individual time trial, a speciality he already shone at during last month’s European champs in Denmark (20th).
A talented rider with great physical conditions (only 65kg for a 1.86m ahtlete), Castrillo, already a national champion as a junior, became one of the biggest revelations in the Spanish amateur scene during the last two years, with lots of consistency and versatility over the toughest courses as well as on time trials.
Castrillo comes from the Lizarte development team, a structure which has seen many of its talents joining the Movistar Team during the last few years: Héctor Carretero and Richard Carapaz (2016), Marc Soler and Antonio Pedrero (2015) and Dayer Quintana (2014).
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