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Gadret signs deal with Movistar for 2014

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John Gadret covered head to toe in mud.

John Gadret covered head to toe in mud.
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John Gadret (Ag2r) was on the attack in the stage 19 finale

John Gadret (Ag2r) was on the attack in the stage 19 finale
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) attacked from the yellow jersey group late in stage 19, but the pair were caught at the finish for no time gain

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) attacked from the yellow jersey group late in stage 19, but the pair were caught at the finish for no time gain
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John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale)

John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale)
(Image credit: Sirotti)

John Gadret signed a one-year contract with the Spanish Movistar team, bringing an end to his eight-year stint with the AG2R La Mondiale team.

In press release from the Spanish team, Gadret’s new team stated that their news signing was “reinforcing the Blues' potential in the mountains, the terrain suiting him best and where he's offered his best performances.”

Now 34, Gadret finished a surprise third overall in the 2011 Giro d’Italia, a race in which he also won a stage. He finished 11th a year later and claimed 22nd place in this year’s Tour de France.

Gadret become Movistar’s fifth confirmed signing after Alex Marque, Jasha Sütterlin, Gorka Izagirre and Adriano Malori.