- Place: Pamplona
- Birth: 15/11/1983
- Country: ESP
- Height: 189 Cm
- Weight: 82 Kg
- Pro debut: 2005
- Years in team: 14
- Career path:
2005-2018: Caisse / Movistar Team
2005-2018: Caisse / Movistar Team
ROAD CAPTAIN. A 14-year professional cyclist, all of them as part of the Abarca Sports organisation, he’s respected by everyone as the master and commander inside the Telefónica ‘ship’. Known as one of the best domestiques in the world, having him on a Grand Tour roster is a huge boost for any lineup. He’s been into the roster of 21 three-week events: 11 Tours de France, 9 Vueltas a España and one Giro d’Italia. His work at them has always been impressive, even if it’s often overlooked on television compared to a leader’s. However, Imanol Erviti’s efforts at the front of the peloton have been the foundation for some of the most brilliant victories for the team in the past decade.
HISTORY OF CLASSICS. Erviti’s 2016 season marked a high point in the history of Spain’s cobbled classics performances, as he became the first-ever rider from his country to claim top-10 finishes in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (7th) and Paris-Roubaix (9th) on the same season. His appearances in cycling’s Monument classics have been regular over the years: 13 times in De Ronde and Roubaix; seven in Liège-Bastogne-Liège; and five in Milano-Sanremo and Il Lombardia. He’s also been called up for six World Championships, an European Championship (2017) and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
LA VUELTA. His two biggest individual wins have both happened at the Vuelta a España. He first won a stage in Las Rozas, in 2008, leading a twenty-man breakaway to a restricted sprint in the outskirts of Madrid, then got another success two years later in Villanova i la Geltrú, this time with a solo action. In 2017, Erviti put an end to a streak of then consecutive appearances (2007-2016) in the Vuelta, the last eight of them combined with Tour de France appearances.
His relationship with the team comes from well far away. He was born in Irurzun, the Navarran village where the team was established in the mid 1970s and also the venue for the headquarters of INASA, the factory of aluminum responsible for everything under the Reynolds brand. At INASA worked one of his uncles, who gifted him one of the first ever bikes put on sale by the team (in 1981), which he used for four years before joining the under-17 category.
He’s got only one DNF out of 21 Grand Tour appearances. And it was a forced one, due to the frightening crash with took half the peloton down near Metz during stage six of the 2012 Tour de France. He sustained a deep cut to his right leg which required surgery that very evening at a French hospital, where he had to remain admitted for two more days.
Imanol joined Eusebio Unzué’s squad being just a 22-year-old youngster, who shared rooms at races with his neighbor and current DS Chente García Acosta. Now, 14 seasons later, he’s become the leaders’ biggest support, a crucial man to nurture the young talents… and a loving father. His wife, Maialen, and his two kids, Aimar and June, are the main force in his life.
After skipping out on the 2017 race, his Movistar Team focused on nurturing the youngest lads in the roster with a three-week ‘crash course’, Imanol will be making his eleventh Vuelta a España appearance, not having missed the event since 2007. At the Spanish Grand Tour, the Navarrese notched up his two most significant pro victories -stage wins in 2008 (Las Rozas) and 2010 (Vilanova i la Geltrú)- and showed his world-class quality when it comes to supporting team-mates, a task he’s one of the best in the WorldTour at.
Erviti will again be busy taking care of Nairo Quintana and the Movistar Team’s biggest names, mostly on flat stages but not only at them, his polyvalence proven by many impressive performances at mountain stages wherever race situations andcircumstancial strength allowed him to do so. At that duty, Imanol will be joined by Daniele Bennati, the veteran duo having completed a notable Tour de France and again sharing road captain roles.
2018 schedule (62 racing days) > Challenge Mallorca (68th + 47th + 57th + 22nd); Clásica de Almería (57th); Vuelta a Andalucía (55th); Paris-Nice (44th); Volta a Catalunya (109th); Ronde van Vlaanderen (60th); Paris-Roubaix (30th); Ardennes (DNF + DNF + 126th); Critérium du Dauphiné (92nd); Spanish Championships’ road race (27th); Tour de France (77th).
Previous Vuelta appearances > 2016: 84th. 2015: 100th. 2014: 63rd. 2013: 102nd. 2012: 132nd. 2011: 126th. 2010: 77th + 1 stage win. 2009: 100th. 2008: 99th + 1 stage win. 2007: 62nd.