Movistar re-signs Amador, Malori, Herrada brothers

Movistar re-ups with several riders, including 2015 Giro d'Italia fourth-place finisher Andrey Amador

Movistar announced Friday that Andrey Amador, Adriano Malori, and brothers José and Jesús Herrada have signed new contracts to remain with the team beyond 2015.

Amador enjoyed a breakthrough season, finishing fourth overall in the Giro d’Italia in May, and figures to continue to play a major role in stage races moving forward. Malori, a time trial specialist, is Italy’s reigning national TT champion, and has won five individual time trials this season, including the prologue at Tirreno-Adriatico.

25-year-old Jesús Herrada was Spain’s national road race champion in 2013, and has been with Movistar ever since turning pro in 2011. His brother José, 29, joined him at Movistar in 2012, and both have played important support roles for Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana in the grand tours. Re-signing the pair should bolster Movistar’s stage racing ambitions for the near future, especially with the 2016 destinations of Beñat Intxausti and Ion and Gorka Izagirre still unclear.