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Movistar announce race schedules for Quintana and Valverde

Josh Cunningham
19 Jan 2017

Spanish team priming the duo for Giro d'Italia and Ardennes Classics

Team Movistar have announced, in light of confirmation that Quintana intends on doing a Giro-Tour double this year, the early season race programmes for both he and Movistar co-leader Alejandro Valverde. 

Both riders will begin their respective campaigns at the Mallorca Challenge at the end of January, but from there on in it's a pretty split programme for the duo, with Quintana's big early season objective the Giro d'Italia and Valverde's the Ardennes Classics.

Quintana's schedule is a lot thinner, understandably if he's going to be targetting the Tour as well, with the biggest race in the run-up to the Giro being Tirreno-Adriatico after the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Meanwhile Valverde's taste for early season stage races continues at Vuelta Andalucia (of which he's won four out of the last five editions), Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and Pais Vasco, before taking on the triple header of Ardennes Classics in April.

A training crash suffered recently would appear not to have impacted his early season race schedule. 

Valverde has a long history of successes in the Ardennes, having won Liege three times (once post-ban), and Fleche Wallone four times (three post-ban), but has previously only managed a few second places at the Amstel Gold Race.

Quintana won the Giro in 2014, and with a mountainous route on the cards for 2016 he will surely be a contender for the Maglia Rosa this year as well.

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