Official list unveiled
Mikel Landa, Richard Carapaz and Andrey Amador headline Telefónica-backed squad’s announcement, which combines some of its most solid names with fresh debutants in Italy, such as Lluís Mas and Héctor Carretero.
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The Movistar Team has defined the eight-man lineup they will bring to the start of the 102nd Giro d’Italia, Saturday 11th May. The Eusebio Unzué-managed squad will feature Andrey Amador, Richard Carapaz, Héctor Carretero, Mikel Landa, Lluís Mas, Antonio Pedrero, José Joaquín Rojas and Jasha Sütterlin, with Chente García Acosta and Maximilian Sciandri as sports directors.
The experience, merits and knowledge of the race by Landa -3rd overall in 2015; winner of three stages + the Maglia Azzurra-, Carapaz -4th overall + stage victor in 2018- and Amador -4th in 2015, stage winner in 2012, Maglia Rosa wearer in 2016- will be supported by the expert teamwork from Rojas, Sütterlin and Pedrero, all with previous appearances in Italy. Alongside them, the Movistar Team will bring two Giro debutants: Lluís Mas, in his maiden Grand Tour in Blue colours, and youngster Carretero (23), who will continue to learn and progress by racing a three-week stagerace for the first time here.
The 2019 Giro, which starts with a tough 8km ITT towards the San Luca sanctuary, includes another two time trials -in San Marino (Sunday 19th, st. 9) and Verona, end of the race on Sunday 2nd June- and plenty of tough mountains, squeezed -as it’s already traditional in the ‘Corsa Rosa’- into the final nine days of racing. The Blue expedition will reach travel to Bologna on Wednesday.