In a move designed to bolster their ranks for the 2024 UCI Women’s WorldTour, Movistar Team have announced their fifth signing for next season: Olivia Baril, the Canadian all-rounder. Set to officially join the team led by Sebastián Unzué from 1 January 2024, Baril brings with her a reputation for versatility, boasting strengths in both mountainous and flat terrains. Baril originally had a contract for 2024 with UAE Team ADQ but has managed to secure a release to join Movistar in 2024.
Residing in San Sebastián in recent years, Baril wrapped up a successful 2023 season, which marked only her second fully professional campaign. She not only clinched victory in the GP Eibar for a second consecutive year but also secured a stage win in the Tour de l’Ardèche, where she finished fourth overall. Her skills were further highlighted by strong showings in WorldTour events like the Itzulia, where she claimed fourth overall, and the Tour of Scandinavia, finishing sixth. In addition to these feats, Baril also completed both La Vuelta and the Tour de France.
Baril expressed her excitement about the new venture, viewing Movistar Team as the perfect platform to further her career. The Canadian rider acknowledged the team’s track record, particularly in Grand Tours and various types of stage races. She was confident that her decision to join Movistar was sound, citing their ability to nurture talent and provide the right racing conditions. While she has already demonstrated potential as a climber and stage racer, Baril has broader ambitions. She aims to evolve into a true all-rounder, contribute in one-day events, and particularly improve her time-trial skills.
Both Baril and Movistar Team harbour high expectations for 2024. Baril revealed that alongside her WorldTour ambitions, she is keen to participate in the two cycling events at the Olympic Games—line and time trial—and believes that her new team will offer the support needed to excel in Paris.