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by Shane Stokes
October 10, 2017
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Two of Nairo Quintana’s fellow Colombians have signed new contracts taking them to the end of the 2019 season, thus committing to back the Grand Tour winner and also to trying to land their own success for the team.
Carlos Betancur has struggled at times with motivation and weight issues, but also put in some strong performances this season. He won the opening leg of the Hammer Series in Limburg and helped the team to fifth overall, and also rode solidly in the Tour de Suisse and Tour de France. He finished 17th and 18th respectively in those events.
Movistar stated on Monday that he was in ‘an advanced state of recovery’ following his ankle fracture in the Vuelta, and that he is aiming for a place amongst the best riders in the peloton next year. His past results include overall victories in Paris-Nice and the Tour du Haut Var, as well as top-five finishes in Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro d’Italia.
Joining Quintana, Betancur and new signings Mikel Landa, Jaime Rosón, Eduardo Sepúlveda, Rafa Valls and the neo-pro Jaime Castrillo is Winner Anacona. He comes from Quintana’s hometown of Tunja and is a regular training partner of his. He helped Quintana to second overall in this year’s Giro d’Italia and also took 25th overall himself. He previously won a stage in the 2014 Vuelta a España and has performed well in a number of big pro races.