Thanks to almost 150 victories, and 1.5 million kilometres raced in five campaigns, Movistar Team has maintained the status it has held since its foundation in 1980 as the team of reference in the international peloton. The 2015 season saw the riders achieve magnificent results: both Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde stood on the final podium of the Tour de France; Valverde won the UCI world rankings for the 4th time in his career; Alex Dowsett set a new World Hour record, 21 years after Miguel Indurain; Andrey Amador finished fourth in the Giro d'Italia; and, on top of all this, the prizes for the Best Team in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.
If Nairo Quintana carries his form over from the last week of the 2015 Tour to the whole of the 2016 edition, the Colombian will be the man to beat. Alejandro Valverde will provide valuable assistance to Quintana, as well as being Movistar’s main man at the Ardennes Classics. It’ll be interesting to see how another Colombian, Carlos Betancur, settles into the team after signing from AG2R. His fifth place at the 2013 Giro d’Italia shows he has the potential to challenge at a Grand Tour, and he could lead the team at the Giro or Vuelta.