Nuno Bico

30 November 2017
Nuno Bico

El mayor talento de Nuno Bico, incorporación in extremis de Movistar Team para 2017, es que todavía está por definirse. Ciclista de gran futuro (22 años) criado en el mountain bike, sueña con las grandes vueltas pero no desentona en otros terrenos. Campeón nacional sub23 en Braga en 2015, el corredor de Viseu -tres años en el Rádio Popular de su país; otro en el Klein Constantia de cantera- es un gran escalador, con olfato para moverse entre grupos, y un ciclista que se crece en los días más duros.

Estudiante de Ingeniería Mecánica en la Universidad de Oporto -quién sabe si con él y el también reciente fichaje telefónico Carlos Barbero podría salir un ‘proyecto fin de carrera’-, Bico compartirá experiencias junto a su vecino Nelson Oliveira y será el quinto luso en formar parte de los equipos de Eusebio Unzué. Y qué cinco: además de los dos actuales, Orlando Rodrigues, Cândido Barbosa y, en especial, Rui Costa dieron lustre a un conjunto que vuelve a mirar a Portugal.

 

A HOPEFUL WITH NO EGO. Forged as a mountain-bike rider and a dominator of the Portuguese junior scene in cross-country, he soon jumped to pro road racing with Continental team Rádio Popular in his home country, where he stayed for three seasons before joining Klein Constantia, one of the best European development teams in this century. At the Czech-licensed squad, and despite showing details of great individual quality -his public relevance boosted by wearing the national road race champion jersey earned in 2015-, he soon learned how to develop excellent teamwork for stronger colleagues, which revealed itself crucial for his step towards WorldTour coming as early as 2017.

INJURY-BARRED DEBUT. Confirmed to be part of the Movistar Team only a couple of days before the end of 2016, he didn’t enjoy a dream start to his WorldTour adventure due to an injury which kept him sidelined for most of the season. The detection of a congenital malformation to the iliac artery in his knee meant he had to spend fourty days off the bike and three months away from racing: from the Vuelta a Castilla y León, in mid May, to the BinckBank Tour, in August.

FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL PATHS. The fifth Portuguese rider to make part of Eusebio Unzué’s teams, Bico is the only one not to have scored a win as part of the organisation – yet. Precious countrymen at the team include former World champion Rui Costa (19 wins), Cândido Barbosa (13), Orlando Rodrigues (2) and Nelson Oliveira (1). Aged just 23, Nuno has plenty of time to follow their path.

 His full name is Nuno Miguel Bico Alves de Matos. An explanation for non-Portuguese speakers: Nuno Miguel is his first name, Bico is one father surname, Alves is his mother’s, and Matos is another father surname.

 Bico is a true polyglot. As well as his native Portuguese, he knows English –attended a British school from age 6 to 18–, Spanish –spent five days learning it as third obligatory language at school– and French. He’s now through a Mechanic Engineering degree at the Universidade do Porto.