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Movistar have ridden the Tour de France more than any other participating team (31), and won more (six). They’d have an outstanding chance of taking that total to seven this year, if only they hadn’t inexplicably decided to send their best rider, last year’s runner-up Nairo Quintana, to the Giro d’Italia.

With Quintana absent, it’s all about supporting tactically suspect former blood-doper Alejandro Valverde to an inevitable sixth overall. Higher might be possible, but only if Movistar manage to get through the race without winding up at least one other team. So, sixth.

Tour de France history
Participations: 31
Stage wins: 31
Best overall: Miguel Indurain, five wins; Pedro Delgado, two wins
Top 10s: 29
Jersey wins: Six yellow, one polka dot, two white

Tour team: Imanol Erviti (Spa), John Gadret (Fra), Jesus Herrada (Spa), Benat Intxausti (Spa), Ion Izagirre (Spa), Ruben Plaza (Spa), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa)
Alejandro Valverde (Spa), Giovanni Visconti (Spa)

Alex Dowsett gold medal CWG 2014

Dowsett chasing more wins and a contract

Talking to the media in Glasgow Green, Alex Dowsett, wearing Team England kit, seemed more relieved and satisfied than ebullient as you would expect a rider with a gold medal…