Lineup finalized for next season
Colombian youngster, 21, to be part of 12-rider roster for Telefónica-backed squad’s second year of activity.
The Movistar Team confirmed Wednesday Paula Patiño (La Ceja, Antioquia, COL; 1997) will be a member of the 2019 lineup directed by Jorge Sanz in its second season as part of the UCI Women peloton.
Patiño, one of the biggest up-and-coming talents of an expanding Colombian cycling, comes into the Telefónica-backed squad after cutting her teeth for the last season at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle (Switzerland), an iniciative created to nurture talents from growing countries.
The climbing abilities shown by Patiño during 2018 have allowed her taking 4th in the GP Plumelec -with her future team-mate Jasinska in 2nd, behind Ashleigh Moolman (CBT)-, 14th in the overall classification of the Tour de l’Ardèche and her biggest success to date: a stage win and a 6th spot in the GC of the Vuelta a Colombia, just under a minute off the race’s podium.
The signing of Paula Patiño marks the Movistar Team’s latest addition to its 12-woman roster for 2019, which also features Aude Biannic, Roxane Fournier, Mavi García, Alicia González, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Malgorzata Jasinska, Lorena Llamas, Eider Merino, Lourdes Oyarbide, Gloria Rodríguez and Alba Teruel.
Picture (c): 1) Vélofocus; 2) Vuelta Colombia Femenina