Amid the swirl of the transfer season, Spain's eminent WorldTour team, Movistar, has formally unveiled the acquisition of Italian cyclist Davide Formolo on a two-year contract. This significant addition follows months of conjecture and an early hint by GCN this summer.
Formolo, the 30-year-old cycling stalwart with a notable stint of five years with UAE Team Emirates, is renowned as a sterling domestique and an adept one-day rider. Formolo's synergy with Enric Mas in the forthcoming season will be especially intriguing for cycling fans, as he's anticipated to bolster Mas's endeavours in the Tour de France.
Articulating his enthusiasm about joining Movistar, Formolo stated, "The ethos of Movistar aligns perfectly with my strengths as a cyclist. I am poised to reinforce the team leaders during the Grand Tours, aiming for accolades in one-day events or any arena where the team requires my prowess."
Formolo Leads Movistar's Surge
Fresh from his triumphs at the Veneto Classic and the Coppa Agostoni, Formolo's evolution from a potential Grand Tour leader, marked by consecutive top-ten finishes, to a reliable climbing domestique, is impressive.
His one-day race accolades extend to securing the second position in prestigious events like Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Strade Bianche. Yet, Formolo isn't Movistar's sole highlight. The team has been on a signing spree, and their recent acquisitions comprise Carlos Canal from Euskaltel Euskadi, Manlio Moro from Zaf Euromobil Fior, Javier Romo from Astana, and Pelayo Sanchez from Burgos-BH.
Further intensifying the roster rumble, it’s rumoured that Rémi Cavagna's induction into the Movistar squad will be announced soon. However, not all quests have been fruitful for Movistar. Their endeavor to onboard a new Grand Tour leader witnessed a few setbacks.
The much-anticipated Carlos Rodríguez deal, which seemed almost sealed, was disrupted when Ineos Grenadiers convinced him to stay. Furthermore, the coveted Giro d’Italia champion Primož Roglič moved from Jumbo-Visma to Bora-Hangrohe, eluding Movistar’s grasp.
In light of these challenges, Movistar's strategic focus has been renewing contracts. Yet, the winds of change continue as Matteo Jorgenson prepares to switch to Jumbo-Visma, Gorka Izagirre transitions to Cofidis, and Max Kanter pens a deal with Astana.