Imanol Erviti Photo
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

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Imanol Erviti

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.

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Palmares

4 Victories as professional

1st Vuelta a La Rioja 2011
1st (10th stage) Vuelta a España 2010
1st (18th stage) Vuelta a España 2008
1st (6th stage) Vuelta a Navarra 2004

Other results

5th SPANISH ITT CHAMP. 2014
7th RONDE VAN VLAANDEREN 2016
7th 4 JOURS DE DUNKERQUE 2010
9th PARIS-ROUBAIX 2016
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Results
2019

66 Days of Racing
9961.5 Km covered

19th (12th stage) Tour de France
23th (16th stage) Tour de France
32th (1st stage) Tour de la Provence
39th (6th stage) Volta a Catalunya
43th Ronde van Vlaanderen
46th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
47th (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya
48th Dwars door Vlaanderen
48th (1st stage) Paris-Nice
49th (2nd stage) Paris-Nice
51th (21th stage) Tour de France
51th (1st stage) Vuelta a Burgos
51th (2nd stage) Challenge Mallorca
52th (5th stage) Vuelta a Burgos
53th Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
55th (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya
56th (4th stage) Tour de la Provence
56th (20th stage) Tour de France
57th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
59th Tour de la Provence
60th (4th stage) Vuelta a Burgos
60th (15th stage) Tour de France
63th (2nd stage) Tour de la Provence
65th Vuelta a Burgos
67th (7th stage) Tour de France
70th (8th stage) Paris-Nice
70th (5th stage) Paris-Nice
71th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
72th Paris-Roubaix
73th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
76th (3rd stage) Paris-Nice
77th (10th stage) Tour de France
79th (11th stage) Tour de France
79th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
80th Paris-Nice
80th (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
81th (4th stage) Tour de France
82th (13th stage) Tour de France
83th (7th stage) Paris-Nice
84th (6th stage) Paris-Nice
84th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Burgos
85th Volta a Catalunya
85th (4th stage) Challenge Mallorca
88th (14th stage) Tour de France
89th Critérium du Dauphiné
92th Liège-Bastogne-Liège
94th (18th stage) Tour de France
95th Tour de France
99th (6th stage) Tour de France
100th (3rd stage) Tour de la Provence
107th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
111th (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya
112th (4th stage) Paris-Nice
113th (4th stage) Volta a Catalunya
114th (19th stage) Tour de France
117th (17th stage) Tour de France
121th (9th stage) Tour de France
123th (8th stage) Tour de France
127th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
127th (5th stage) Tour de France
130th (1st stage) Challenge Mallorca
135th (1st stage) Volta a Catalunya
139th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
140th (3rd stage) Tour de France
150th (1st stage) Tour de France
152th (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya
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Vuelta a España

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.