Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will lead the nine-man Movistar Team for the start of the 69th Vuelta a España on Saturday. Quintana, winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, will start his first Spanish Grand Tour in a leading role after debuting in 2012, with full confidence after his recent victory in the Vuelta a Burgos. In turn, Valverde, leader of the UCI WorldTour standings, will start for the ninth time in the GT he has earned biggest success -winner in 2009, five-time podium finisher, including 2012 and 2013-.

Alongside Quintana and Valverde, the Movistar Team –which is also on top of the UCI world ranking– will present a strong lineup that features Andrey Amador, Jonathan Castroviejo, Imanol Erviti, José Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, Adriano Malori and Javi Moreno. A last-minute absence will be Igor Antón, suffering from a flu and tonsillitis and subsequently advised against taking the start in Jerez de la Frontera.