The 70th edition of the Vuelta a España ended on the highest possible note for the Movistar Team. Seven years after Alejandro Valverde worn the last 'jersey oro' in the race, Nairo Quintana claimed red following a perfect race, in all instances, by the Eusebio Unzué-managed squad.

Following a close call -2nd, by only 0"28- in Ourense's opening team time trial and a brief spell in the lad by an impressive Rubén Fernández in Ézaro, Nairo stroke twice almost consecutively, at La Camperona and the Lagos de Covadonga -the Blues' sole stage win in the race-, to which he subsequently added the big time gain at a huge stage 15 towards Formigal. Friday's 'scare' against a sensational Chris Froome in the Calpe ITT was happily forgotten a day later, thanks to yesterday's solidness by the whole group in the Aitana showdown.

Quintana joins a very restricted ciub of riders -17, after the Colombian took his win today- with podiums in all three Grand Tours, adding a second victory to the 2014 Giro that makes him become the only Colombian to have won more than one three-week stagerace. His success, the fourth in the Spanish grandtour for Unzué's squads -'Perico', 1989; Olano, 1998-, is also the 14th GT victory for a structure that today hits 850 wins since 1980, and takes over the lead in both the 2016 individual (Nairo) and team WorldTour rankings. The Blues also remain two wins short (34, vs. 36) to a new record in a single season -dated back to 1998-. They will still have a whole month after the end of this Vuelta to reach, or improve, that figure.

This Vuelta's exploits would have been impossible to carry out without a thirty-man group that includes sports directors (José Luis Arrieta and Chente García Acosta), different staff members and eight devoted, superb domestiques. Valverde, a torrent of experience and commitment, less than two minutes short to achieve top-ten finishes in all 2016 GTs; Dani Moreno, 8th overall, always consistent; Erviti and Sutherland, two sensational rouleurs; José Herrada, wonderful allrounder; Fernández and Castroviejo, crucial at key points of the race; and José Joaquín Rojas, whose awful crash yesterday prevented him from enjoying the last parade through Madrid with his team-mates. The whole squad kept the Spanish road race champion in their minds as they reached this marvelous success.
Taken from Movistar Team News Blog