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by Neal Rogers
December 12, 2017
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Spanish team Movistar is sending a strong team to the Vuelta a San Juan stage race in Argentina next month.
Argentine Eduardo Sepúlveda, one of the new additions on the Spanish squad, will be vying for victory in his World Tour team debut, while Colombians Dayer Quintana, Carlos Betancur, and Winner Anacona will try to make the most of every opportunity in the absence of team leaders Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, and Mikkel Landa. Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz and Spaniard Víctor De la Parte will complete the team’s roster.
The team has twice won stage races in Argentina, first with Nairo Quintana at the 2014 Tour de San Luis, and then by his brother Dayer in 2016. Sepúlveda finished second overall at the 2016 Tour de San Luis in second place, behind Dayer Quintana and in front of Nairo Quintana.
Riding in front of his compatriots, Sepúlveda will likely be the Movistar rider most eager to stand out. “It will be his debut riding with us, and although of course he won’t be in top form, he will definitely try to do well,” said team manager Eusebio Unzué. “However, the others won’t be bad, either.”