Next year is likely to be a de ining season in the Movistar team’s long story. Its three leaders’ contracts are up for renewal at the end of the season, as is the sponsorship of the telecommunications company, Movistar. The team’s o icials are optimistic about the renewal of the latter: the contracts of riders such as Soler have been extended into 2020. The expectation is Movistar will sign a three-year deal. While Landa and Quintana remain hopeful of a Tour bid next season, Valverde has excused himself and has stated he wants to race the Giro and Vuelta. He wants to continue to the 2020 season and the Tokyo Olympics before retiring. What roles the up-andcoming Soler and Carapaz will play in this grand plan remain an enigma. There is an opportunity to rebuild the team for the next sponsorship cycle, which will take the 1980’s- established squad into the ifth decade of its existence. Several roster changes are expected, as is the recruitment of more sta f: only one of the six directeur sportifs has been on a pro team other than Movistar or one of its previous incarnations.