Movistar on Wednesday unveiled the signing of Gorka Izagirre from Euskaltel Euskadi.
The rider has penned a two-year deal with the powerhouse WorldTour squad.
The oldest of the Izagirre brothers has been linked with Eusebio Unzúe's outfit for quite some time, ever since the team's future was cast into doubt prior to the Tour de France. Gorka thus ends his four-year association with the team, having come on board from Contentpolis-AMPO ahead of the 2010 season.
His first season, including wins at the Tour of Luxembourg and the Clásica de Ordizia, was a resounding success, and, though the big wins might have eluded him the last three years, he's become an integral part of the team and shoo-in for the team's biggest events.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a breakout appearance at the Tour de France in 2012 and is likely to be a key domestique for Movistar's many leaders in the years to come.
It's unknown at this time whether Gorka's move will have any implications on his brother Ion's future with Fernando Alonso's 'new Euskaltel' squad.
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