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Ineos confirm Amador on three-year deal

Team Movistar ended a long-running contract dispute with the Costa Rican, opening door for Amador to bolster Ineos's bench.

Team Ineos confirmed Andrey Amador will join the squad in a three-year deal.

The news came just a day after Movistar agreed to end a contract dispute with Amador, who turned pro with the Spanish team in 2009.

“I’m very happy to be part of this great team,” Amador said Wednesday. “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.”

The 33-year-old Costa Rican, fourth in the 2015 Giro d’Italia, was at the center of an UCI arbitration over a contract dispute. Last summer, Amador looked likely to stay with Movistar, but accepted a late offer from Team Ineos. Movistar claimed it had a valid pre-contractual agreement, however, and took the dispute to the UCI. It appears an agreement was reached between all parties, and Amador is free to leave the Spanish outfit where he turned pro in 2009.

Amador will help fill the void left by retiring rider Vasil Kiryienka. Ironman athlete Cam Wurf also recently joined Ineos, but he is not expected to be racing in the major grand tours on the international calendar.

Amador has emerged as one of the most reliable helpers in the peloton, and he follows fellow Latin American rider and former Movistar teammate Richard Carapaz to Ineos. Amador was an important engine in Carapaz’s Giro victory in 2019.

“I still have many things I can learn and improve on as a rider, and Ineos is the perfect place for me to do this,” Amador said. “I’m excited to be part of this group, joining alongside Richard Carapaz. I’m happy we can continue to ride together after what were able to do with Movistar at the Giro d’Italia.”

The move underscores a growing Latin American presence on the UK-registered team. It already boasts four Colombians, including 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal, as well as two Ecuadoran riders.

Amador’s exit is the latest for Movistar, which is hitting the reset button in 2020 after the exodus of many of its top riders, including Carapaz, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa.