José Vicente Garcia Acosta ends his 17 year association with team Movistar

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  • José Vicente Garcia Acosta ends his 17 year association with team Movistar

José Vicente Garcia Acosta ends his 17-year association with Team Movistar

José Vicente Garcia Acosta announced his retirement after a long career. Throughout his career, he represented the Spanish team, Movistar, for 17 years. Acosta was known for his road bicycle skills all over the cycling world.

Team Movistar was founded in 1980 and Jose was signed by the team in 1995. It was his first ever professional contract and the understanding between the team and the rider went on amazingly for his entire career.

The Spaniard wanted to end his career right after his home grand tour, Vuelta a Espana 2011 but delayed the announcement following the crash during stage 5.

He mentioned, “This is a choice I had taken some months ago, and I would have liked to have taken it during the Vuelta a Espana, and on the bike. However, an unexpected crash made me choose to wait until recovering from the accident before definitely making my future clear”.

While commenting on his career, Acosta mentioned that he had only a few wins in his career but he cherishes those memories immensely.

His main job in the team was that of a domestique and his efforts can be traced behind many wins that the team secured in the following years.

Jose briefed on some of the highlights of his innings. “I leave the sport with just a few victories, but they feel like much more,” he said.

He further added “[There were also] the victories of Miguel [Indurain], Abraham [Olano], Alex [Zülle], Chava [José Maria Jimenez], Óscar [Pereiro], Alejandro [Valverde]… I worked so much for my team leaders, but got such a big reward for that”.

He secured a stage win during the Tour de France 2000, along with two stages at the Vuelta a Espana 1997 and 2002.

Jose also holds the honour of participating and successfully finishing his home tour, Vuelta a Espana on 14 occasions. He won the GP Eddy Merckx in 1998 for his astonishing performance.

Vicente is amongst the few riders who spent their entire careers with the same team.

Coordination between the team and the cyclist was admirable. Team Movistar will certainly miss a permanent part of their team as Garcia Acosta retires, since he was a tremendous support in many critical situations.

 

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