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After Vuelta win, Quintana signs new Movistar deal

Under his new contract, the Colombian will ride for the Spanish team through the 2019 season.

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MADRID (AFP) — Fresh from winning the Vuelta a España, Nairo Quintana extended his deal with Spanish team Movistar until 2019, team director Eusebio Unzue confirmed on Monday.

Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde is also close to agreeing a new contract with the team backed by telecommunications giants Telefonica.

“We have to announce the contract extension of Nairo until 2019 and that we are about to close the deal with Alejandro,” said Unzue.

Victory in Madrid was Quintana’s second grand tour win, his first being the 2014 Giro d’Italia.

The Colombian has also finished on the podium at the Tour de France three times, in 2013, 2015, and 2016.