Betancur: Movistar move is not a second chance, but the continuation of my career

Carlos Betancur says he is more motivated to succeed with Movistar than he was with Ag2r La Mondiale

Carlos Betancur wins stage six of the 2014 Paris-Nice
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Carlos Betancur insists he isn't getting a 'second chance' at proving himself as a professional cyclist by riding for Movistar in 2016, instead the Colombian says it's just the continuation of his career.

Betancur was released from his contract at Ag2r La Mondiale in August, having struggled to regain the form he showed in early 2014, when he won Paris-Nice ahead of world champion Rui Costa.

But since then the 26-year-old has struggled with his weight and disciplinary issues, including missing a flight back from South America to Europe for the Tour de France, and his Ag2r contract was terminated by mutual consent.

"I do not think my signing [for Movistar] is a second chance for me - I see it as a continuation of my sporting career," he told Spanish newspaper AS.

"My goal is to do well wherever I go. I am a young man who has sacrificed so much, and the two years I suffered [at Ag2r] will not become an impediment to achieving big goals in the future."

Between March 16, 2014, and May 17, 2015, Betancur failed to secure a single top-20 finish, breaking his streak with a series of strong rides at the Giro d'Italia.

While it looked as if he may be back on track, Betancur never raced for the French outfit again after the final stage of the Grand Tour.

Movistar will use the Colombian as a domestique to Alejandro Valverde and Dani Moreno in the Ardennes Classics in April, before helping Valverde at the Giro d'Italia in May.

Despite working in a support role, Betancur hopes to be in a position to taste victory of his own again soon.

"Now I do not care where I raise my arms again. The next victory will mean a turning point in my career."

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