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Gallery: Team Movistar squad for 2012

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Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Andrei Amador

Andrei Amador
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Pablo Lastras Garcia

Pablo Lastras Garcia
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David Lopez

David Lopez
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Angel Madrazo Ruiz

Angel Madrazo Ruiz
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Daniel Moreno

Daniel Moreno
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Sergio Pardilla Bellon

Sergio Pardilla Bellon
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Ruben Plaza Molina

Ruben Plaza Molina
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil

Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Branislau Samoilau

Branislau Samoilau
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Enrique Sanz

Enrique Sanz
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Francisco José Ventoso

Francisco José Ventoso
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Ignatas Konovalovas

Ignatas Konovalovas
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Vasili Kiryienka

Vasili Kiryienka
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David Arroyo

David Arroyo
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Marzio Bruseghin

Marzio Bruseghin
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Jose Cobo

Jose Cobo
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Rui Costa

Rui Costa
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Imanol Erviti Ollo

Imanol Erviti Ollo
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José Ivan Gutierrez

José Ivan Gutierrez
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Jesus Herrada Lopez

Jesus Herrada Lopez
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Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga

Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga
(Image credit: Team Movistar)
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Javier Iriarte

Javier Iriarte
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Vladimir Karpets

Vladimir Karpets
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Giovanni Visconti

Giovanni Visconti
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Team Movistar will be hoping that two grand signings in the form of Alejandro Valverde and Juan Jose Cobo Acebo will bring the team success in 2012.

The Spanish team were presented in Madrid earlier this week with both Spaniards pulling on a Movistar jersey for the first time. Both riders had previously ridden for the team in it's previous incarnation as Caisse d'Epargne. However Valverde missed Movistar's debut season in 2011 due to a doping related ban, while Cobo raced at Geox-TMC, where he won the Vuelta a Espana.

“I hope to ride like I did in the last two months of last season,” Cobo said. “Winning the Vuelta didn’t so much change my life as change my mentality. Thanks to that, I’m now super motivated and that’s what I needed.”

Eusebio Unzue confirmed that Cobo will be on hand to defend his red jersey when the Vuelta gets underway in Pamplona on August 18, and hinted that he will ride the Tour de France beforehand. However, he was reluctant to rule out the possibility that Cobo might instead lead the squad at the Giro d’Italia.