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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.
It has won the UCI WorldTour title each season since 2013 and, thanks to its current leadership of that contest, looks good to notch up a fourth consecutive win this autumn.
Quintana’s victory is the latest Movistar success in a strong season, and follows on from his third place in this year’s Tour de France, his runner-up slots in 2013 and 2015, and his 2014 Giro d’Italia victory.
“We’ve got the best team in the world at the moment,” stated Telfónica Head of Public and Regulation Affairs Carlos López Blanco during the press conference.
“The sporting results can hardly be better; our brand exposure and positioning are excellent all over the world, especially in Spain and Latin America, essential markets for Telefónica; and above everything else, this team represents bond and friendliness like no other.
“Our progression on digital media has been constant all over these six years, and as with all previous aspects, makes us satisfied and proud to have joined our name to cycling in this team. Enjoying results like this Vuelta win by Nairo Quintana is sensational. We’ve got tremendous confidence on the future of the team and our collaboration with them.”