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Alejandro Valverde signs new contract with Movistar until 2017

Alejandro Valverde has signed a new contract that will keep him with Movistar until 2017

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The 34-year-old has extended his stay with the Spanish team by another three years, having first joined them in 2005.

Valverde enjoyed a superb 2014 season, finishing fourth at the Tour de France and third at the recently concluded Vuelta a Espana.

He also won the Fleche Wallonne, Roma Maxima and the Clasica de San Sebastian races, as well as the Vuelta a Andalucia.

"I'm thrilled," Valverde told the team's official website. "It's what both sides wanted...this is my family and we understand [each other] well.

"I feel better than when I was 25. Maturity gives you peace of mind and helps you see everything differently."

The team's general manager, Eusebio Unzue, added: "[Alejandro] is a unique rider. No one is able to maintain focus and a willingness to win that he offers throughout each year."

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