Colombian Fernando Gaviria has been confirmed as Movistar’s new sprinter for 2023.
Gaviria has 49 victories in his palmares together with a number of levels and a brief spell within the lead within the 2018 Tour de France. However after a succession of close to misses, mechanicals and additional misadventures within the Giro d’Italia final Might, his solely victories in 2022 had been within the Tour of Oman. In 2021 he took only one, within the Tour de Pologne.
For the reason that pandemic started, Gaviria has additionally been unfortunate sufficient to catch COVID-19 on a number of events, twice in 2020 then getting contaminated a 3rd time this February through the UAE Tour simply when he was in prime kind. He subsequently broke his collarbone in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
The Colombian has now signed for Movistar for one yr, and mentioned on Wednesday in a workforce assertion he was delighted with the information.
“It is a new problem, each for me personally and in addition for the workforce as an entire,” Gaviria mentioned. “I am coming right into a vastly prestigious workforce, which to date has been very focussed on climbers.
“For them to place their belief in me, a sprinter, provides me quite a lot of additional motivation, as that is about representing a workforce with an excellent historical past. Crucial factor in 2023 is to settle into the workforce and I am eager to get to know my teammates and kind an excellent group with them so we will struggle for the best variety of races.”
Different signings already introduced by Movistar earlier on Wednesday included neo-pro Ivan Romeo and Portugal’s Ruben Guerreiro, each with three yr contracts.
A 19-year-old former Spanish Junior Nationwide Highway and TT champion, Romeo has raced with the novice Hagens Berman Axeon workforce in 2022.
Guerreiro received the Mountains rating within the Giro d’Italia again in 2020 whereas along with his present workforce, EF Schooling-EasyPost. He additionally took a powerful solo win on the Mont Ventoux Dénivele this summer season, previous to abandoning the Tour de France due to sickness. His signing with Movistar comes after breaking his present contract by mutual settlement.