Mathias Norsgaard’s signing announcement on Tuesday means eight riders from Telefónica’s squad will start the year aged 23 or younger – up to twelve members under 27, including Marc Soler and Enric Mas.
Last Tuesday’s announcement of Mathias Norsgaard’s signing for the Movistar Team marks the culmination of a true revolution for the Telefónica-backed squad, which has set its goals on creating a youngster-friendly atmosphere to build its next era – the fifth decade of the team – starting in 2020.
Alongside Norsgaard, the men’s team managed by Eusebio Unzué will feature up to seven other riders aged 23 or younger. Former Spanish champion Iñigo Elosegui -21; the Dane is just few months older-; American Matteo Jorgenson (20); Colombians Einer Rubio (21) and Juan Diego Alba (22); Briton Gabriel Cullaigh (23); Switzerland’s Johan Jacobs (22) and Germany’s Juri Hollmann (20) will all be part of the Spanish outfit starting January 1st.
Added to that list, four Spaniards aged 26 or under take the list of youngsters within Eusebio Unzué’s ranks up to twelve. Other than Héctor Carretero and newcomer Sergio Samitier, the Blues will see two of its up-and-coming members taking leading roles at the Abarca Sports structure: Enric Mas and Marc Soler. Also Carlos Verona and Jorge Arcas, both born in 1992, will be adding value to this youthful team.