First virtual cycling roster for the Blues
Women and men selected at Movistar Team Challenge to form Blues’ 2021 roster, together with Spanish-speaking members to be chosen soon; will become Telefónica-backed squad’s ambassadors as founding members of the first esports team created by a WorldTour / WWT-licensed organisation.
After a selection process spanning more than one month, the Movistar Team Challenge together with Global Cycling Network and Zwift, the Movistar eTeam is proud to announce on Monday the names of the eight international riders who will be part, for the entire 2021 season, of the first esports / virtual cycling squad created by a UCI WorldTour / Women’s WorldTour-licensed organisation.
MEN – Daniel Guld (DEN, 20), Jimmy Kershaw (GBR, 24), Vidar Mehl (NOR, 34), Pim van Diemen (NED, 29)
WOMEN – Steph Clutterbuck (GBR, 26), Imogen Cotter (IRL, 27), Beth Maciver (SCO, 20), Becky Storrie (IOM, 22)
The eight new members of the Movistar eTeam will be part of a ten-rider roster, which will be completed in the next few days with the addition of members of the Spanish-speaking community on Zwift, chosen through a collaboration with a main actor in Spain’s virtual cycling, PETA-Z.
The Telefónica-backed squad’s riders, which will immediately enter the Premier Division of the Zwift Racing League, the highest-tier virtual cycling esports competition in the world, will also take part at other events (races or community events) in different virtual platforms. They will additionally become ambassadors of the Movistar Team -which they will enjoy numerous advantages from- at a sector whose growth over the last few years has certainly not gone unnoticed by those around cycling.
Juan Pablo Molinero / CMO, Movistar Team: “The Movistar eTeam is happily real now. Virtual cycling is an activity which combines sport and entertainment, effort and fun. Movistar Team, the longest-standing structure in the pro peloton, couldn’t be other than the first to create its own esports squad. And we’ve now got most of the roster ready. The faces of happiness and the words of commitment by the new riders of the Movistar eTeam, passion for cycling running through their veins, make us feel the gamble, as audacious as it has to be when you’re the first at something, is the right step. The Movistar eTeam will be a turning point for our team and become a reference for cycling, which must continue seeking for new horizons and audiences.”