Nairo Quintana takes the Blue jersey of Movistar onto the Tour de France podium for the first time ever, crowning an excellent race from the Blues, the best squad in the world on stage races: 16 stage wins in eight consecutive Grand Tours

In the most beautiful venue, in the night of Paris, the symbol of the centenary edition of the world's biggest cycle race, Movistar Team completed a historic performance in the 2013 Tour de France. The telephone squad paid three visits to the final podium in the Champs-Élysées with Nairo Quintana, runner-up after Chris Froome (SKY) and ahead of Joaquim Rodríguez (KAT) and winner of the 'à pois' and white jerseys as King of the Mountains and Best Young Rider. Aged just 23 and debutant in the Tour, the Colombian rider has become the biggest relevation of this year's French grandtour and got unanimous praise in his country, already a national hero.

However, Movistar Team wasn't only Quintana in the 2013 Tour. It was also Alejandro Valverde, the squad's natural leader, with only a mechanical incident keeping him out of the long-dreamt podium he excessed merits to deserve. And Rui Costa, a serial killer who didn't forgive his rivals to claim two stage victories. And Amador, Castroviejo, Plaza, Erviti, Rojas and, during the first week, Gutiérrez - always helping out Valverde, in the beginning, and Quintana, later into the race. Always attentive at the front, in an unpayable, indispensable duty for the final prize in Paris, the infamous stage 13 -20 minutes lost that day- ruining the Blues' chances to get all together into the final podium as the best team of the race, an award virtually given by all the media in the race. 

The splendid race by Unzué's squad -which grabs its first KOM jersey in 31 appearances- offers figures to remember in the future: Quintana -the best Latin American finisher ever in the Tour- has claimed the team's 11th overall podium, joining the victories from Indurain (5), Delgado and Pereiro, the second places by Arroyo ('83) and Zulle ('00) and Perico's third position in 1989. The white jersey from the young Colombian is added to the three stage victories (two from Costa, one from Nairo), taking the Blues' victory tally in the 'Grande Boucle' up to 31 and keeping alive an impressive record for Movistar, having won in the last eight consecutive GT's (3 Giros, 3 Tours, 2 Vueltas) with nine different riders -for a total of 16-, a streak that makes the Spanish team the most successful in the world in the last ten seasons.

Report taken from Movistar Team News Blog