Nairo back in pink after hellish 19th Giro Stage

May 26, 2017


Whole Movistar Team takes hearts out for Nairo Quintana at incredibly-paced day 19 in Giro: early attack into Sappada descent creates wear and tear before Dumoulin (SUN) cracks at final climb; Dutchman now 38" behind Nairo, with six riders within 1'30".

It was many stages in one, and another true show of dedication and consistency by the Movistar Team. Nairo Quintana got back to the first place of the Giro d'Italia after extraordinary work from the telephone squad, and now wears pink just 48 hours before the race ends in Milan. Stage 19 - 191km from San Candido to the Cat-1 Piancavallo climb, including three other ascents and its fast, tricky descents in the beginning of the race - made race leader Tom Dumoulin (SUN) crack and saw all big GC contenders suffer. From that suffering emerged the 'Cóndor' to get the Maglia Rosa back, almost two weeks after his solid display on the Blockhaus.

The Movistar Team pushed hard with several of their members at the descent of the non-rated Cima Sappada, 65km into the stage, taking advantage from bad positioning from Dumoulin inside the bunch at the downhill. A furious fight between all GC teams in the forthcoming 40 kilometers ended up well after the foot of the Cat-2 Sella Chianzutan climb, where a 20-rider group, including Dumoulin and rivals Nairo,  Nibali (TBM), Pinot (FDJ), slowed their pace again and left room for most of the original, early escapees to continue with their action.

José Joaquín Rojas and José Herrada joined a breakaway which included eventual stage winner Mikel Landa (SKY), the Movistar Team duo dropping back at the climb to support Nairo. Víctor de la Parte and Winner Anacona pushed hard from the bottom of the Piancavallo and made Dumoulin crack, the Dutchman losing meter by meter to end up with more than a minute at the top. Ahead, Quintana resisted thanks to Herrada and Rojas, and only conceded 12" to Pinot, first GC contender over the line, and 6" to Pozzovivo (ALM) and Zakarin (KAT), who jumped away from the field a couple of kilometers after the Frenchman.

The overall classification remains a tight game as Quintana, Dumoulin (+38"), Nibali (+43"), Pinot (+53"), Zakarin (+1'21") and Pozzovivo are within a minute and a half's distance before the Milano TT (Sunday) and the last mountain stage on Saturday: 190km between Pordenone and Asiago, which will feature the infamous Monte Grappa (Cat-1), 68km from the end, and the Foza (Cat-1) ascent, crested just 15km from the finish.
 

Quintana wins Stage 9 and takes overall lead in Giro d'Italia

May 14, 2017


Splendid stage nine by whole Movistar squad ends with convincing win by the Colombian -new Maglia Rosa- atop the Blockhaus.

Nairo Quintana and the Movistar Team took a step forward in their aspirations to win the 100th Giro d'Italia as they claimed a convincing win on stage nine, 152km from Montenero di Bisaccia to the Summit of the Blockhaus (Cat-1), which saw the Blue squad taking over the race with an outstanding display.
The labour by Sutherland, Bennati and Rojas, into the flatter sections...
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Movistar’s Izaguirre wins Stage 8 of Giro d’Italia

May 13, 2017


Basque allrounder from Movistar Team wins most fought and beautiful stage so far in the 2017 Giro d'Italia, opens Eusebio Unzué-led squad's account in 100th 'Corsa Rosa' in Peschici as Nairo Quintana, Andrey Amador remain in top-ten GC spots.

Gorka Izagirre (Movistar Team) offered himself the biggest success in his decade-long professional cycling career and opened the Spanish outfit's account on Saturday's Giro d'Italia stage eight, an 189km rolling parcours from Molfetta to Peschici - over ...
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Alex Dowsett close 2nd in Tour de Romandie (prologue)

April 25, 2017


British TT champion just 2" short to beating early best time by Felline (TFS), incredibly near to wearing yellow jersey Movistar Team held in Romandie over the whole 2016 race.

After winning over exactly the same distance (6.8km) on a more linear course in the Circuit de la Sarthe earlier this month, Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) came within a very small margin to claiming his first WorldTour success this season at Tuesday's Tour de Romandie prologue, held under the rain in Aigle.
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Valerde claims 4th victory in '' La Doyenne '' in the Ardennes

April 23, 2017


Spanish superstar claims fourth victory in 'La Doyenne', his ninth in the Ardennes; increases amazing season tally to 11 to crown excellent work from Movistar Team, of honour the late Michele Scaroni.

The first part of Alejandro Valverde's outstanding 2017 season has come to an end in the best possible way, as he claimed his eleventh win of the year -108th of his 15-season professional- career at the 103rd edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, a perfect, early present for his 37th birthday next T...
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Unstoppable Alejandro Valverde wins La Flèche Wallonne for a fifth time

April 19, 2017


Valverde claims splendid fifth career win in Flèche Wallonne to conquer tenth individual success in 2017, 19th for Movistar Team as Blues complete impeccable race.

Alejandro Valverde has no rivals at the Flèche Wallonne. After breaking a tie against Merckx, Kint, Argentin and Rebellin, all with three victories before the Spanish superstar claimed his fourth in 2016, the marvel from Murcia was able to increase that tally on Wednesday and take his fifth (four on a row) in the second event of t...
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Alejandro Valverde seals overall victory in Tour of the Basque Country

April 8, 2017


Movistar Team leader finally wins his first 'Itzulia' after brilliant TT in Eibar -2nd only to Primoz Roglic (TLJ)-, overcoming Contador (TFS) in last section after initial advantage for fellow Spaniard.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) was finally able to cross out the Vuelta al País Vasco from his list of big victories still missing in his palmarès, fifteen long years after debuting in the race as a neo-pro in 2002. The superstar from Murcia got hold at last of the 'txapela' hat awarded ...
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Movistar Team dominates Angers TT yet again

April 6, 2017


Alex Dowsett claims second victory over 6.8km La Sarthe time trial course, leads GC as Blues (15 wins in 2017) take one-two with Castroviejo, Bennati also strong in 4th place.

The Movistar Team’s strength against the clock was evident again on Wednesday as the Blues owned the 6.8km ITT in Angers, France, closing day two of the Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe, held through Friday. Three of the riders directed by José Luis Laguía made the first four places in the afternoon’s racing, as Brito...
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Movistar Team dominates Volta

March 26, 2017


Valverde rounds off second Catalunya GC success with third stage win in Barcelona; Soler takes magnificent 3rd overall, Blues finish as best team in a race they owned for the entire week.

Alejandro Valverde crowned its overall victory in the 97th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with a third stage victory in Barcelona. 'Bala'  claimed honours at the 138km course, with eight laps of the famous Montjuïc mountain, to again respond to perfect Movistar team-work. Dan Martin's (QST) acceleration into the...
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Valverde wins Stage 5 of Volta and overall lead.

March 24, 2017


Valverde claims sensational victory, the Movistar Team's 11th of the 2017 season, after immense Lo Port climb -with huge support from Marc Soler (4th)- to reach top of GC in Volta, just two days from the end of the race.Alejandro Valverde was again unstoppable on the Cat-1 climb of Lo Port, end of stage five in the Volta a Catalunya. The Movistar Team's GC hope got back to the race leader on Friday, three days after being neglected the jersey following a controversional, collective one-minute...
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