Madrid - Up-and-coming British sprinter Gabriel Cullaigh has signed a two-year
contract with the Movistar Team, the Spanish outfit announced Monday.
"Cullaigh's signing helps the Movistar Team increase its aspirations
at sprint finishes, a speciality the Brit, a great rouleur, has steadily
improved at during the last few years," Movistar said of the
Cullaigh, who joined from Team Wiggins, tweeted: "Over the moon to
share the news that I have signed with @Movistar_Team for 2020 &
"I am incredibly excited, and honoured for this opportunity to be a part of a team with such a rich history in the sport."
Leaving Movistar after just one season will be experienced 29-year-old Spaniard Mikel Landa, who joins the Bahrain-Merida team.
"The Basque climber, a proven force in the mountains, will be a major contributor to our stage race objectives," the team said.
Landa, whose best grand tour finish was third in the 2015 Giro
d'Italia, came in sixth in this year's Tour de France after previously
finishing seventh in 2018 and fourth in 2017.
Aside from Landa, Movistar - for whom Nairo Quintana and Alejandro
Valverde placed in the top 10 in the Tour de France - look set to also
lose Richard Carapaz, the Ecuadorian winner of the Giro, for Ineos, and
Quintana for Arkeo, according to his father.