- Associated Press - Monday, August 18, 2014

MADRID (AP) - Movistar says Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will share leadership roles for the team at the Spanish Vuelta.

Movistar has announced its squad for the three-week grand tour starting on Saturday. It says Quintana and Valverde will “lead the nine-man” team.

Quintana won the Giro d’Italia earlier this summer before Movistar chose to rest him for the Tour de France despite his runner’s-up performance at cycling biggest event in 2013.

Quintana will be among the favorites along with former Tour winner Christopher Froome to win the Vuelta.

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