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 29, 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 eleven years of pro experience, despite still being in his late twenties.
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. Following a 2020 season when he reached so far alongside his leaders -he actually finished 19th overall in France-, 2021 was full of suffering for him. Two hard crashes forced him to struggle and resist to reach Paris, with multiple injuries, and then do his very best to even get to the finish of Los Lagos -and ultimately leave La Vuelta in a crucial moment of the race- due to a big haematoma. And despite all of that, he fought again for his long-desired first pro win, coming 2nd cross the line of the Balcón de Alicante.
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.
2019-21: Movistar Team
2013-16: Quick Step