David Lopez is one of eight new signings for 2013 and brings with him a wealth of experience after eight years in the professional ranks which have yielded 11 Grand Tour appearances to date.
The move represents a change of direction for the Spaniard who had previously competed for Spanish teams since turning pro in 2005. López is a strong and reliable rider who is happy infiltrating breakaways or working tirelessly on the front of the bunch.
He claimed the biggest win of his career in 2010, taking a solo victory on the ninth stage of the Vuelta a Espana after a tough day in the break. Also a stage winner at the 2007 Tour of Deutschland on a similarly mountainous day, López has made his name as the consummate team player - most notably as part of the Vuelta-winning Caisse d’Epargne squad in 2009.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?My older brother who used to race.
First bike:A blue and yellow Orbea.
Childhood hero:I consider all the riders in the peloton as heroes as I know how hard they have worked to get to this level.
What do you love most about cycling?Being able to look back and see how many people made it as professionals. I feel very privileged to be here.
What has cycling taught you?It has shown me that even through the bad times you can reach the good times.
Previous teams:2005-07 Euskaltel-Euskadi; 2008-12 Caisse d'Epargne (Movistar)
Favourite race:The Giro d'Italia is a very beautiful and special race. I'd like to ride it in the future.
Career highlight:My stage win at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana was a very special day.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?I was studying industrial engineering when I started cycling.
Interests away from cycling:I like to travel and visit other cultures.
Favourite film:Life is Beautiful
Favourite music:I just listen to the radio
Funniest team-mate?I think Rigoberto and Sergio will be the biggest jokers as a Spanish speaker.
Best friend in the peloton:Pablo Lastras and David de la Fuente.
Most famous person you've met:Miguel Indurain
Most embarrassing moment:At a race in France when I needed to stop in the feed zone to go to the bathroom.
Interesting fact:I drive the same car I bought 11 years ago as an amateur.
Best advice:Enjoy riding your bike. Nowadays it's very difficult to become a pro so you have to enjoy it.
Deutschland Tour - 1st on stage five, 3rd overall; Paris-Nice - 6th overall
GP Ouest-France - 3rd overall
Vuelta a Andalucia - 7th overall
Vuelta a Espana - 1st on stage nine
Klasika Primavera - 2nd overall; Vuelta al Pais Vasco - 7th overall