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Having been around in some guise since 1980, the Spanish super-team have seen it all, from 12 grand tour wins to their fair share of doping scandals.

They got off to a slow start under Movistar sponsorship in 2011, but welcomed back Alejandro Valverde from his two-year suspension and signed young GC prospect Nairo Quintana in 2012 and haven’t looked back since.

Moreover, they’ve assembled a talented squad with riders who might be in contention for leadership in smaller teams, including the likes of Beñat Intxausti, as well as versatile sprinter Juan José Lobato and two time trial specialists in Adriano Malori and Britain’s Alex Dowsett.

2015 will see the team get fully behind 2014 Giro d’Italia champion Quintana for a shot at the Tour de France, with Valverde finally stepping aside after falling short of a Tour podium spot again last year. The Spaniard will ride in support of the Colombian at the Vuelta as well, while he’ll also look to perform well in Ardennes Classics again this year and potentially try and retain his the team’s crown atop the UCI’s confusing points ranking system.

Nairo Quintana (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)

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