35 riders for next season
Youngest of the Quintana brothers becomes 25th rider for men’s team; Spanish time trialist strengthens new, 10-rider women’s team for next year.
The Movistar Team rounds off its two rosters for the 2018 season this week as Gloria Rodríguez (Torre Pacheco, Murcia, ESP; 1992) joins as the 10th rider of its new women’s team while Dayer Quintana (Cómbita, COL; 1992) extends his contract with the men’s team he had already been part of since 2014. The two groups has got together at this week’s traditional pre-season meeting in Pamplona, Spain, where the squad managed by Eusebio Unzué has started getting things ready for next season.
Rodríguez, a member of the Lointek team for the last two years, is a notable time trialist with national titles both on the road and on the track, including the 2016 Spanish championship in the individual pursuit. A silver medalist at last year’s National champ time trial, the 25-year-old from Murcia has Spanish and Basque Cup race wins to her account, as well as an overall podium in the Volta a València.
In turn, Dayer Quintana will continue to ride alongside brother Nairo at the squad that has seen cover his entire pro career up to date. A pure climber, the man from Cómbita in Boyacá has two victories in his UCI palmarès: the Queen stage of the Tour of Austria, in his debut season, and the overall classification of the Tour de San Luis in 2016.