Quintana and Valverde to ride together at Tour and Vuelta

The two Movistar heavyweights are set to combine forces for two Grand Tours in 2015

Nairo Quintana will not defend his 2014 Giro d'Italia title, as he will ride the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 2015 alongside Alejandro Valverde, Movistar general manager Eusebio Unzue announced on Friday.

"The directors, doctors and trainers have valued that all together the team improves a lot, apart weakens us, but gives us the ability to cover more targets," Unzue said.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).