The Movistar men's team has roots dating back some 40 years. But the women's team is only in its fifth season of existence. It entered the World Tour circuit in 2020 and changed dimension the following year with the surprise recruitment of three-time world champion Annemiek van Vleuten. The Dutch rider finished 2021 as world number one, as in 2017 and 2018, and in the spring of 2022, she won her first Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
A leading specialist in stage races, the Olympic time trial champion recently won the third Giro of her career. With such a leader, Movistar is ready to win the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. But it is not all about Van Vleuten. The Spanish team can also count on Cuban rider Arlenis Sierra (7th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and winner of the Vuelta a Andalucía) and Danish rider Emma Norsgaard (11th in Paris-Roubaix and winner of the Samyn des Dames).
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0. All of Movistar's World Tour victories have been won by Van Vleuten (7 in 2021, 4 this season).
52. At the start of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift on 24 July, Annemiek van Vleuten will be in her 52nd consecutive week at the top of the UCI ranking. She took over first place from Anna van der Breggen on 27 July 2021 and has held it ever since.
5. Five Movistar riders have already raised their arms this season: Jelena Eric (2), Emma Norsgaard (2), Arlenis Sierra (3), Sarah Gigante (1) and Annemiek van Vleuten (7).