The Movistar Team is a Spanish UCI ProTeam in road cycling, based in Egüés. The team was founded in 1980; Since then the team went under several names.
In those years, the team traveled under the name of sponsor companies Banesto (from 2001 iBanesto.com, from 2004 Illes Balears - Banesto ). Banesto was known primarily for the Miguel Indurain's five victories in the Tour de France from 1991 to 1995.
At the beginning of this era was initially Delgado at Banesto as captain of the team, what he with solid performances in the Tour could be well justified (1990: Ninth fourth, 1991: Ninth, 1992: Sixth, 1993). But was Delgado's longtime Sociable Miguel Indurain to Star of Banesto. The Spaniard experienced in the 1990 season his breakthrough. He won Paris-Nice, the Clasica San Sebastian and a mountain stage of the Tour 1990 With the outstanding success in the Tour de France 1991, he finally ushered in the " era Indurain ", during which he was able to win the first five athletes Tour victories in a row, two of them in the double by winning the Giro d' Italia. A whole generation of cyclists failed while trying to defeat Indurain in the Tour, including Claudio Chiappucci, Gianni Bugno and Tony Rominger. Only in 1996 ended the Telekom team with Bjarne Riis and Jan Ullrich, the dominance of Indurain and Banesto. At the end of his career Indurain still won the Olympics in the individual time trial in 1996.
After Indurain's Banesto farewell the team could not quite match the enormous successes of the early 1990s. The intended as a successor to Abraham Olano, Road World Champion 1995, did not come as a fourth place finish at the 1997 Tour de France, due to weaknesses in the high mountains. After changing Olanos 1999 competitors ONCE Banesto committed as captain of the Swiss Alex Zülle, one of the protagonists of the Festina affair. Zülle reached a few weeks after the end of his doping ban at the Tour in 1999 ranked second behind Lance Armstrong. Zülle had curiously occupied the 2nd place already at the last Tour victory Indurain 1995.
From the late 1990s convinced Banesto mainly by its strong Spanish climber like Jose Maria Jimenez, José Vicente Garcia Acosta, Juan Miguel Mercado, the brothers Aitor Osa and Unai Osa and the Italian Leonardo Piepoli. As captain of the strongly revitalized team now served the Spaniard Francisco Mancebo and the Russian Denis Menshov and Vladimir Karpets, each won the white jersey of best young rider in the Tour 2000, Tour 2003 and Tour 2004.
Illes Baleares 2004-2010 & Caisse d'Epargne
In 2004, the Tourist Office of the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera the sponsorship of the team. The team started under the name " Illes Balears - Banesto ". ( Banesto remained another year as a co-sponsor and therefore remained at the end of the name mentioned). 2005, the French savings bank Caisse d' Epargne joined them as a co-sponsor and was at the beginning of the 2006 season main sponsor. Until the end of 2006 Illes Balears entered still on as co-sponsor; then the Tourist Office withdrew from cycling.
Since 2005, the cycling team on the UCI ProTour and UCI World Tour series of succession takes part whose Appreciation to win a driver for the team in 2006 and 2008 with Alejandro Valverde. Also Óscar Pereiro, 2006, was entered in the list of winners of the Tour de France. After the disqualification of Floyd Landis for doping the previous runner-up Oscar Pereiro was declared the winner.
Another great success after the era Banesto is the overall victory in the Vuelta a España in 2009 by Alejandro Valverde. Even with classics, the team was successful. Two victories in Liège -Bastogne- Liège and Flèche Wallonne a while also standing by Alejandro Valverde to book. The Clasica San Sebastian Luis León Sánchez won and Alejandro Valverde for the team.
Since 2011 Movistar
Since 2011, the Spanish telecommunications company Movistar is the new main sponsor. The Team Movistar was in 2011 to celebrate the first victory with the new name at the UCI World Tour. Rui Costa was the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal win. 2012 Rui Costa won the Tour de Suisse.
The team operators Abarca Sports SL is one of the subsidiary Abarca Sports Colombia SAS and the Colombian Movistar Continental team.
Successes in the UCI World Tour
Successes in the UCI America Tour
Successes in the UCI Europe Tour
Departures - Arrivals
Placings in UCI rankings
UCI World Ranking
UCI World Calendar
UCI World Tour