The riders of Movistar Team are ‘primed to power through the 2018 and 2019 WorldTour’ with fi’zi:k shoes and saddles; developed and tested in conjunction with the professional riders themselves.
The team returns this year after strong performances in 2017 including back-to-back stage wins and the team classification at the Giro d’Italia. Their talented line-up for the season ahead includes Nairo Quintana who topped the podium at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2017. “The Tour de France is in my sights for 2018,” said the 27-year-old Colombian. “I’m more motivated than ever to realize my yellow jersey dream, and the technology and comfort of my shoes and saddle is vital for performance.”
Alongside Quintana are the Spanish duo, Mikel Landa who joins Movistar Team with multiple 2017 wins including General Classification at the Vuelta a Burgos – and Alejandro Valverde, who is looking for great things in 2018 after his comeback from injury. “I am ready for 2018. My objective is simple – to win again, and with fi’zi:k, I am prepared for the challenge,” Valverde said.
As they approach their fifth season together, the relationship with Movistar Team is one that fi’zi:k notes it is particularly proud of. “fi’zi:k were chosen by Movistar Team after the riders received great feedback from other pros already riding with fi’zi:k,” said Nicolò Ildos, the Italian brand’s Sport Marketing Manager.
fi’zi:k has supported a growing number of riders across the WorldTour for eight years, and 2018 is no exception. Sport Marketing Manager at fi’zi:k, Nicolò Ildos added, “We are delighted with the development of our partnerships with professional riders. We have grown from five pro riders in 2010 with our shoes, to today’s fifty WorldTour riders, including Movistar Team, riding with fi’zi:k shoes.
“We’re proud to support the Movistar Team, alongside many individual athletes across other WorldTour teams. We have celebrated their victories across the world’s greatest races and we look forward to an exciting 2018 season.”
fi’zi:k for Movistar Women Team
In addition to the men’s team, fi’zi:k will join forces with the new Movistar Women Team; the Spanish-registered women’s WorldTour team, set to premiere in 2018. The team includes Poland’s Malgorzata Jasinska, with two wins at the Premondiale Giro Toscana Internazionale Femminile stage race, and alongside her, France’s Aude Biannic, with a win at the Giro Toscana in her credentials, and Australia’s Rachel Neylan, who won the Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan Dames 2016.
The Movistar Women Team will ride into their debut season with Infinito R1 Movistar Team fi’zi:k shoes and Luna saddles.
Movistar Women Team
Aude Biannic (France), Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spain), Alicia González (Spain), Ma?gorzata Jasinska (Poland), Lorena Llamas (Spain), Eider Merino (Spain), Rachel Neylan (Australia), Lourdes Oyarbide (Spain), Gloria Rodriguez (Spain), Alba Teruel (Spain).
Men’s Movistar Team
Andrey Amador (Costa Rica), Winner Anacona (Colombia), Jorge Arcas (Spain), Carlos Barbero (Spain), Daniele Bennati (Italy), Carlos Betancur (Colombia), Nuno Bico (Portugal), Richard Carapaz (Ecuador), Héctor Carretero (Spain), Jaime Castrillo (Spain), Víctor De La Parte (Spain), Imanol Erviti (Spain), Rubén Fernández (Spain), Mikel Landa (Spain), Nelson Oliveira (Portugal), Antonio Pedrero (Spain), Nairo Quintana (Colombia), Dayer Quintana (Colombia), José Joaquín Rojas (Spain), Jaime Roson (Spain), Eduardo Sepúlveda (Argentina), Marc Soler (Spain), Jasha Sütterlin (Germany), Rafael Valls (Spain), Alejandro Valverde (Spain).
Both the men’s and women’s team will wear the special edition Infinito R1 Movistar Team fi’zi:k road shoes, which deliver a unique blend of dynamic fit, lightweight breathability and power transfer.
Alongside Infinito R1 shoes, riders are matched to their fi’zi:k saddle using fi’zi:k’s Spine Concept Evo. The three fi’zi:k saddle models: Arione, Antares and Aliante, correspond to three animals representing rider profiles: Snake, Chameleon and Bull. Movistar Team riders are matched through anatomic profiling of spine flexibility and pelvic rotation to determine their model – ‘enabling maximum performance in total comfort’.
Riders will also have the new Open saddle option; an innovative pressure-relief design to deliver comfort, and Movistar Women Team will ride with Luce, a saddle designed specifically to anatomically suit female riders.