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Alejandro Valverde will lead Movistar at the upcoming Tour de France, the squad announced Monday.
With 23 victories this season, including Rui Costa’s recent win at the Tour de Suisse, Movistar enters the Tour on a hot streak. Further, Movistar is the only team to have earned at least one stage win in the last seven grand tours.
Movistar’s history dates back to 1980 and it has had several different names over the years, during which time it’s racked up seven overall Tour de France wins, 28 stage victories, and 80 days in the yellow jersey.
“Our goal is to try and get Alejandro on the overall podium,” team manager Eusebio Unzué said. “It is his biggest ambition this year, and we have put all our efforts together this season to have him fit to contest it. I’m convinced he has a Tour podium in his legs, and this must be his chance.”
Movistar for the 2013 Tour de France
Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
Rui Costa (POR)
Nairo Quintana (COL)
Andrey Amador (CRC)
Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP)
Rubén Plaza (ESP)
Imanol Erviti (ESP)
Iván Gutiérrez (ESP)
José Joaquín Rojas (ESP)