Offseason Capsule: Movistar

Not a cobbles juggernaut, but impressive uphill There aren’t many riders who’ve had as good a season aged 38 as Valverde put together. Whilst there were some positive signs for the future, this was another year where Movistar looked far too close to a one-man team. What we said last year Last year’s coverage was pretty down on the team’s performance in 2017 and concerned about the lack of “middle” to the squad, a concern amplified in the comments. I saw progress for Carapaz and Soler, and was optimistic about Landa’s chances in the Giro, though a little less positive about Quintana in the Tour. I mentioned the Ardennes and the Worlds for Valverde, which hardly took clairvoyance. All in all, a reasonable enough preview of a predictable enough season. Most of it was dedicated to discussing the team’s approach to grand tours, and you should prepare for more of ...

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