Colombian Nairo Quintana pulled on the leader's blue jersey after solo finish to win the fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico on Saturday.
Tactics worked against Nairo Quintana on Saturday in the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he appears the sharpest of the stars with the Giro in sight.
Vuelta winner Nairo Quintana set to vie for a second Giro d'Italia crown and his first Tour de France title next year.
Marc Soler and Jasha Sütterlin have both re-signed with Team Movistar through the end of 2019.
Former hour record holder Alex Dowsett rides this aerodynamic Canyon Aeroad CF SLX
Movistar extends contract with Valverde for three more years, indicating its faith in the 34-year-old's long-term prospects
Valverde and Quintana lead heavily favored Movistar into the Vuelta in what could be the final chapter in the transition of power
Valverde quieted critics who said he blew a chance to finish on the Tour de France podium with a big win at the Clasica San Sebastian
On the Tour's first Pyrénéan day, Movistar takes control, putting time in to Tejay van Garderen, who was not at his best
This year may be Alejandro Valverde's final opportunity to lead the Spanish team at the Tour de France