In an interview on the Colombian Cycling Federation website, Betancur spoke of his excitement to work with Movistar boss Eusebio Unzue and his three fellow Colombians on the team.
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And while he claims that Ag2r didn’t appreciate the kind of rider he was, the 2014 Paris-Nice winner says that things should be much easier on the Spanish team.
“With Ag2r all the experiences were good – I think they they all contributed to my life,” he said. “Now with Movistar the good things continue, but in a more professional manner and knowing how to do things. They know what type of rider I am, and I think they are much more professional in what they do. I think that now things are going to be much easier.”
The 2016 Giro d’Italia route
He also said: “I’m happy to belong to the number one team in the world, and I believe that with a person like Eusebio Unzué, who knows me and my characteristics very well, great things are on the way for me and for Movistar.
“I believe that being in a team like Movistar will consolidate me as a rider. I had some problems with Ag2r and that made it hard to demonstrate what class of rider I am. But now with Movistar we are going to show the class of rider that I am.”
Betancur’s attitude was one thing that was called into question during his time at Ag2r, principally when he chose not to board a plane back to Europe for the Tour de France because he felt ill.
There’s no doubting Betancur’s talent, though, and the 26-year-old insists there are a lot of riders who he can learn from at Movistar – not least Colombians Nairo and Dayer Quintana and Winner Anacona, with who he predicts a great future.
“Now the big teams rely heavily on Colombian riders because they know we have a lot of talent. For me, Winner, Dayer and Nairo, I personally think it’s a guarantee to be in a team like this and for them too. We will work well as a team.”