Movistar’s Climbing Trio is Falling Apart
Mikel Landa set to Leave as Movistar Focuses on Sprints with Latest Signing
Leaving Movistar after just one season will be experienced 29-year-old Spaniard Mikel Landa, who joins the Bahrain-Merida team.
“The Basque climber, a proven force in the mountains, will be a major contributor to our stage race objectives,” the team said.
Landa, whose best grand tour finish was third in the 2015 Giro d’Italia, came in sixth in this year’s Tour de France after previously finishing seventh in 2018 and fourth in 2017.
Aside from Landa, Movistar — for whom Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde placed in the top 10 in the Tour de France — look set to also lose Richard Carapaz, the Ecuadorian winner of the Giro, for Ineos, and Quintana for Arkea, according to his father.
Up-and-coming British sprinter Gabriel Cullaigh has signed a two-year contract with the Movistar Team, the Spanish outfit announced Monday.
“Cullaigh’s signing helps the Movistar Team increase its aspirations at sprint finishes, a speciality the Brit, a great rouleur, has steadily improved at during the last few years,” Movistar said of the 23-year-old.
Cullaigh, who joined from Team Wiggins, tweeted: “Over the moon to share the news that I have signed with @Movistar_Team for 2020 & 2021!
Over the moon to share the news that I have signed with @Movistar_Team for 2020 & 2021! I am incredibly excited, and honoured for this opportunity to be a part of a team with such a rich history in the sport.
— Gabriel Cullaigh (@GabzCullaigh) August 5, 2019
“I am incredibly excited, and honored for this opportunity to be a part of a team with such a rich history in the sport.”