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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 they 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.

The aim for 2015 was for last year’s Giro d’Italia champion Quintana to take the next step up and win the Tour de France. He eventually finished second to Chris Froome (Team Sky), but can take heart from the fact that he was only the rider to even come close to challenging the dominant Brit. And with Valverde also claiming a spot on the podium, it was a Tour that Movistar can look back on with pride.

Next up, Valverde will ride in support of Quintana at the Vuelta as well, as the young Colombian looks to add a second Grand Tour to his palmarès.

Alex Dowsett on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France (Watson)

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