Quintana leads Movistar for Vuelta

Nairo Quintana will lead out the Team Movistar squad at the Vuelta a Espana, the final Ground Tour of the season.

The Colombian superstar, who is fresh off his runner-up finish at the Tour de France, is hunting down his first grand tour win.

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome and former Le Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali will be the other main contenders in the race across Spain.

Movistar team manager, Eusebio Unzue revealed that the trio all skipped the Giro d'Italia earlier in the year so they will arrive in Spain with having similar mileage in their legs.

"All contenders will get to this race in similar condition," said Unzue on cyclingnews.com.

"There's the consistency of Froome, who started showing his best with a second place overall here in 2011, and the regularity of Nibali, who already knows how to win this race and is strong in time trials, mountains and rolling terrain. 

"Purito [Joaquim Rodriguez] always shines at his best in this race, and [Fabio] Aru and Nairo have already proven their solidness at this race. As for Alejandro [Valverede], what can we say…after such a brilliant season, any extra from him will be more than welcome.

"Obviously, it's harder for those present at the Tour to reach top condition again with short recovery times, but the rest also rode the Giro and, in general, pretty much everyone, except for the 'galactico' 1989-90 generation of [Mikel] Landa, Aru and Nairo, is mature enough to cope with a second Grand Tour so close to the first one. Again, the biggest difficulty remains staying motivated for such a challenge."

The 70th edition of the Vuelta a Espana starts on Saturday with a 7.4km team time trial from Puerto Banus to Marbella.

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