The Movistar Team is the longest-running, most successful squad in pro cycling’s top tier, the UCI WorldTour, which gathers together the 18 most prestigious men’s teams on the planet.
2019 marked a huge milestone for the Blues as they fulfilled the 40th consecutive season of activity with its 28-rider men’s team. The squad also includes an 11-member women’s team, active since 2018 and now part of the recently-created UCI Women’s WorldTour. Qualified professionals in support of those on the bikes complete an organisation employing nearly one hundred people.
Some of the team’s biggest stars for 2020 are national road race champions Alejandro Valverde and Lourdes Oyarbide, as well as Marc Soler, Eider Merino, Enric Mas or Sheyla Gutiérrez.
Through its four-decade history, the team has known only five title sponsors: Reynolds (aluminum, 1980-89), Banesto (bank, 1990-2003), Illes Balears (tourism authority, 2004-05), Caisse d’Épargne (savings bank, 2006-10) and Telefónica (telecom, 2011-present). The squad is managed by the Abarca Sports society, based in Egüés, Navarra (Spain).
Together with more than 900 victories as a professional, Europe-based men’s structure -as well as more than twenty already obtained with its women’s squad-, the organisation has achieved six yearly titles as the best team in the world in 1992, 2008 and – under Telefónica’s sponsorship – 2013 to 2016 consecutively.