Two track World Champions will wear the Blue jersey
Duo of track specialists to don the Telefónica-backed squad’s jersey during 2020, on their way to the Olympic dream in Tokyo, where they will be a big medal hope for Spain.
The Movistar Team confirmed Thursday the addition of two world-class track specialists to its men’s roster for 2020. Albert Torres (Ciudadela de Menorca, ESP; 1990) and Sebastián Mora (Villarreal, ESP; 1988) will wear the Telefónica-backed squad’s jersey on the road, combining their calendar with track appearances as they both aim for medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The announcement was made at a special presentation in Madrid’s headquarters of the Spanish Sports Council (CSD), an event attended by the President of the biggest sports authority in the country, María José Rienda; the President of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, José Luis López Cerrón; Rafael Fernández de Alarcón, Telefónica’s Director of Brand, Partnerships and Media; and the General Manager of the Telefónica-backed squad, Eusebio Unzué, alongside the two signings.
Both riders have enjoyed a long career on the track and the road. Mora, joining the WorldTour from Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, has no less than five gold medals in World and European Championships to his name. He put on the rainbow bands in 2016 (London), winning the Scratch race, and has four European titles, two at that same event -Grenchen (SUI), in 2015, and Apeldoorn (NED), last October- and another two at the Madison (2015 + 2016), alongside his future team-mate with the Blues.
Torres, who even became Spanish under-23 road race champion in Albacete, in 2010, has taken to the podium up to eleven times in Worlds and European Champs, including five medals: those with Mora at the Madison; two European jerseys in the Omnium -Saint-Quentin, in 2016, and Berlin, in 2017-; and a World title in en Cali (2014), alongside David Muntaner at the Madison.
Two great rouleurs -and, in Albert’s case, a very decent sprinter-, Torres and Mora will bring their unquestionable talent on the road to the Movistar Team as well as fulfilling their track schedule, with Tokyo as main stop. This autumn, and other than Mora’s European title at the Scratch, they both stepped onto the podium (3rd) at the World Cup events in Minsk (BLR) and Glasgow (GBR), with Mora also reaching top-3 results at the Scratch and the Points Race.