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.
2023 sees the Blues’ men’s team fulfil their 44th consecutive season of activity, with a roster of 30 riders. The squad also includes a 15-member women’s team, active since 2018 and part of the highest tier, the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Qualified professionals in support of those on the bikes complete an organisation employing more than one hundred people.
Some of the biggest stars within the names currently confirmed for 2023 are Annemiek van Vleuten, Enric Mas, Emma Norsgaard, Alex Aranburu, Arlenis Sierra, Matteo Jorgenson, Liane Lippert, Iván García Cortina, Floortje Mackaij, Gonzalo Serrano, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Fernando Gaviria or Paula Patiño.
In its history, spanning more than four decades, 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 nearly 1000 victories as a professional, Europe-based men’s structure -as well as more than 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.