The building of a hard-working, well-bonded squad to offer its best performance in arguably the most technical speciality in road cycling, the team time trial, paid off for the Movistar Team on Sunday as Eusebio Unzué's squad claimed in Richmond, Virginia, its first medal in the 2015 UCI World Championships. The Blues finished third, 19" behind Etixx-QuickStep (silver) and just 30" away from the winners, BMC Racing Team, after 38.8km covered at an incredible average speed close to 55kph, despite two little climbs into the second part of the parcours.

As many other times before in previous years, the telephone squad based its great result on overall power more than individual efforts. Amador, Castroviejo, Dowsett, Ion Izagirre, Malori and Sütterlin rode like one, regular and consistent for most of the route, climbing up from 6th provisional after 10km to fourth in the second intermediate check (17km) and, eventually, third with 7km remaining, as their deficit against Australian outfit Orica-GreenEdge -the Blues' biggest rivals for bronze- was turned into advantage in the hardest section. Ion, 'Castro', Andrey and Jasha crossed the line together, 23" ahead of the fourth spot.

The medal taken by the Spanish group brings together another prize: the lead in the UCI WorldTour team ranking, 33 points over Katusha (1,559 vs 1,526) which the Movistar Team will have to defend on Sunday, October 4th, once the Worlds are over, at Il Lombardia, the last of the five monuments and the final event of the UCI's top tier, where the Unzué-led group is very close to making history again.