Spanish telecommunications company Movistar is to create a professional women’s cycling team.
Movistar’s new team will compete from 2018 onwards in international competitions, and comprise around ten riders with the same name, kit, and sponsors as its men’s team.
With a predominantly Spanish focus, the new squad will form part of a wider drive to develop women's cycling in the country.
Movistar has been the title sponsor of a team on the men’s UCI WorldTour in 2011. It will join Sunweb, Lotto-Soudal, Orica-Scott, FDJ and Astana as WorldTour outfits with both men's and women's squads, and will become the third UCI-registered Spanish women's team alongside Bizkaia-Durango and Lointek.
"This project will revitalise and dynamise the landscape of women's cycling as a whole in Spain, offering better visibility both to races and athletes, and creating a point of interest to potential sponsors," said José Luis López Cerrón, president of the federation
Spain is currently 15th in the women’s UCI nations standings, with 23-year-old Giro Rosa stage winner Sheyla Gutierrez being their best-ranked rider.