Tour de France Team Announcement – Movistar

Quintana, Landa, Valverde All In

(RBA/AFP) Photos: Bettini

Spanish cycling team Movistar has confirmed an impressive three-pronged climbing attack of Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde in their bid to unlock Sky’s grip on next month’s Tour de France.

Tour de Suisse 2018 – 82th Edition – 7th stage Eschenbach/Atzmannig – Arosa 186 km – 15/06/2018 – Nairo Quintana (COL – Movistar) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/PN/BettiniPhoto©2018

The 28-year-old Colombian Quintana was second in both 2013 and 2015 and third in 2016, having also won the Giro in 2014 and the Vuelta in 2016. Landa, who was fourth in 2016 whilst riding for Sky, does not have the same track record as Quintana and has yet to fulfill his potential. Veteran Valverde meanwhile will be charged with keeping the peace and likely target the podium and a major stage win. Also on the roster is the Paris-Nice champion Marc Soler, a 24-year-old who can both time-trial and climb at the top level.

Movistar Team for the Tour de France:

Nairo Quintana (COL), Mikel Landa (ESP), Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Andrey Amador (CRC), Daniele Bennati (ITA), Imanol Erviti (ESP), Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP), Marc Soler (ESP)

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