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.
2022 sees the Blues’ men’s team fulfil their 43rd consecutive season of activity, with a roster of 29 riders. The squad also includes a 14-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 nearly one hundred people.
Some of the biggest stars within the names currently confirmed for 2022 are Annemiek van Vleuten, Alejandro Valverde, Emma Norsgaard, Iván García Cortina, Arlenis Sierra, Enric Mas, Sara Martín, Álex Aranburu, Katrine Aalerud or Matteo Jorgenson.
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 more than 900 victories as a professional, Europe-based men’s structure -as well as more than fifty 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.