- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MADRID (AP) - Movistar has confirmed Giro d’Italia champion Nairo Quintana will skip the Tour de France.

Last year’s Tour runner-up wasn’t included in Movistar’s preliminary 13-man squad on Wednesday. It will trim the squad to nine before the July 5-27 race.

The team stuck to its plan of reserving Quintana for the Spanish Vuelta despite the 24-year-old Colombian’s spectacular rise over the past two seasons.

The team picked Alejandro Valverde as its “designated leader.”

The other members of the preliminary squad are: Ivan Gutierrez, Jesus Herrada, Alex Dowsett, Imanol Erviti, Benat Intxausti, Ion Izagirre, Juanjo Lobato, Ruben Plaza, Jose Joaquin Rojas, John Gadret, Sylwester Szmyd and Giovanni Visconti.

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