Movistar duo Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde vowed to keep fighting after they were dropped on the Los Machucos climb. Time is running out at this Vuelta for Movistar to dethrone leader Primoz Roglic.
Primoz Roglic won the time trial and took a commanding lead in the GC on the Vuelta's 10th stage.
Movistar rallied around Quintana's GC run a day after Marc Soler showed frustration with team tactics.
Nairo Quintana has signed a three-year deal with the French Arkéa–Samsic team.
Nairo Quintana came second on the stage to take the red jersey, while Roglic withstood a barrage of attacks to take third on the day and second overall. López crashed late in the stage and drops to third on the GC.
A brutal eight days of racing has trimmed the GC field to a foursome and left a weary peloton in its wake
Richard Carapaz has withdrawn from the Vuelta a España due to injuries suffered in a crash on Sunday.