MADE FOR THIS TEAM. The relationship between Carlos Verona and the Movistar Team started well before he was a professional athlete: the Madrilian still raced as a junior when he was first met by Eusebio Unzué. Now, aged 30, the man hailing from San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a well-considered Blue member after six other years of WorldTour experience -four with Quick Step; two with Mitchelton-Scott-, following his debut with Burgos-BH at the age of only 18. It all means Carlos has got up to twelve years of pro experience, despite still being in his early thirties. His commitment in and out of racing, with diverse social projects, and his recently-acquired passion for gravel -he represented the team and the Spanish national squad at the first ever Worlds in Italy in 2022- have made him become a reference in Spanish and international cycling, which the Movistar Team feels proud to have.
RESPECT ACROSS THE WORLD. A tall, strong allrounder (1.86m, 68kg), able to get through the biggest mountains as well as riding strong on hilly courses, Verona has become, especially in the last two years -when he made both the Tour and La Vuelta rosters-, one of the most respected domestiques in the world. Having come close many times to a maiden pro victory in the Grand Tours -3rd in Loudenvielle, ’20 TDF; 2nd atop the Balcón de Alicante, ’21 La Vuelta-, his well-deserved first came last June with a spectacular breakaway in the Critérium du Dauphiné, on the Queen stage towards Vaujany, holding off no less than Primoz Roglic to raise his arms victorious in the Alps. That same year, he was 3rd into another TDF stage (Châtel), 6th overall in the UAE Tour and 11th in the Volta a Catalunya.
ALWAYS LOOKING FOR HIS LEADERS. The last few seasons have seen the Spaniard support world-class names such as Esteban Chaves, the Yates brothers, Miguel Ángel López, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas. His current leaders underline his consistency, professional spirit and the huge steps forward, thanks to his enriched experience, he’s taken as a Blue in recent years.