The Ecuadorian, who stormed to a surprise victory in Italy earlier this year, will first have to establish himself as team leader with former winners Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde also named in a strong eight-man team.

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It will likely be the 26-year-old's final outing for Movistar before joining Team Ineos in 2020.

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Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk (both Jumbo-Visma) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) are among Movistar’s rivals in GC.

Defending champion Simon Yates will not defend his title, with Mitchelton-Scott opting for Esteban Chaves as their protected rider.

La Vuelta, available to watch LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, runs from August 24 to September 15.

Full Movistar team

  • Alejandro Valverde
  • Nairo Quintana
  • Richard Carapaz
  • Marc Soler
  • Imanol Erviti
  • Nelson Oliveira
  • Jorge Arcas
  • Antonio Pedrero.
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