Costa Rican professional Andrey Amador will make his debut for Team Ineos at the UAE Tour in two weeks’ time, it was announced today.
The 33-year-old, who spent the first 11 years of his professional career with Movistar, has signed a three-year deal with the British team.
Besides having a track record of supporting the best in the world, Amador has won a Giro stage and placed fourth in the Italian Grand Tour in 2015.
“Who wouldn’t be excited to sign with Ineos? I’m very happy to be part of this great team,” said Amador.
“I have spent all of my sporting career with Movistar and I owe them a lot – but I felt now is the right time in my career to seek some new motivations.
“This is a new challenge and I will give everything I have for this team.”
He added that everyone could see they were a strong unit, with an impressive bunch of riders and staff.
“I’m excited to be part of this group, joining alongside Richard Carapaz. I’m happy we can continue to ride together after what we were able to do with Movistar at the Giro d’Italia.
“My aim will be to try to contribute as much as I can in every race. I still have many things I can learn and improve on as a rider, and this team is the perfect place for me to do this.”
The team’s principal Sir Dave Brailsford said Amador’s consistent record spoke for itself.
“He is a rider of the highest calibre and his experience in the sport’s biggest races will be invaluable.
“I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve admired Andrey’s performances over the years. His consistent commitment to team goals and his ability to race across a wide range of terrain, combined with his upbeat personality, is exactly what we seek in an Ineos rider.”