One day after winning his second career Grand Tour, Nairo Quintana has committed his future to his Movistar team and will continue to race there for at least three more seasons.
The Spanish squad announced the news at the Telefónica headquarters in Madrid, and also said that the Movistar brand owner had indicated a similar extension in terms of its backing of the team.
General manager Eusebiou Unzué thanked the company for its commitment, which will bring his team project to 40 years of continued existence by the end of 2019. The contract extension has enabled him to secure the new deal with Quintana and also to keep Alejandro Valverde on board. The details of the latter’s extension will be made public in the coming days.
“At Telefónica, you were brave when you took that gamble for cycling in such a difficult moment, and we can’t thank you enough for that,” he told the company. “It makes us happy to put a smile on the face of so many people.
“We’ve got a strong team in Alejandro, Nairo and all their team-mates, and now that both are set to continue, our goal for this new, three-year term is leading cycling as we did for the past six season. We now start working on building a good future for the squad and bringing Telefónica more reasons to remain confident about what we can do.”
The team has notched up 182 victories and more than 1,700,000 collective kilometres since the backing began in 2011.
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