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 final kilometers encouraged the man from Murcia to anticipate a selected field's sprint and complete a week's exhibition victorious on the line –his 7th win of 2017, the 104th of his pro career–.

The Movistar Team rounded off an excellent week that saw the Blues claiming all four main classifications of the first Spanish WorldTour race of the season, putting up their 2017 victory tally to 13 in the process. With the only exceptions of Alberto Contador (TFS), 2nd overall, and Pierre Rolland (CDT), winner of the intermediate sprints' classification, the telephone squad's members were the only to step onto the final podium: Valverde won the GC and the KOM classification; Marc Soler finished 3rd as best Young Rider; and the Movistar riders were deservedly proclaimed the best squad in the race.

Valverde's success is his second in the Volta a Catalunya after winning the 2009 race, and marks the eighth overall triumph for Eusebio Unzué's organization, with Indurain ('88, '91, '92), Chava Jiménez ('00), Karpets ('07) and Nairo Quintana (2016). Soler confirms his promising future, after signs of character with last year's Route du Sud queen stage victory and this month's third-place finish at the final stage of Paris-Nice.


 

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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Valverde wins Stage 3 of Volta

March 22, 2017


Alejandro Valverde claims 101st career victory atop La Molina, clinches 10th success for Blues in 2017 by beating top GC contenders in Volta.

After a controversial decision regarding the Movistar Team victory on Tuesday, the telephone squad stroke back in the best way possible, claiming a fantastic win with Alejandro Valverde on stage three of the Volta a Catalunya, finishing atop the Cat-1 climb of La Molina. The Spanish rider took his 101st pro success ahead of Dan Martin (QST), who anticipa...
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Movistar Team wins Volta a Catalunya TTT in Banyoles

March 21, 2017


A magnificent ride rewarded the whole Movistar Team with their 10th success of the 2017 season on stage two of the Volta a Catalunya, a 41km TTT in Banyoles where the squad directed by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Laguía narrowly edged out World champions BMC after the latter clocked a time impossible to beat for their rivals.

The telephone squad was the only one able to compete against the American team, initially putting eight seconds on the red formation after 21km in. The Blues resis...
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Quintana wins Tirreno-Adriatico for second time

March 14, 2017


Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) had no troubles to cover the 10km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto and seal his second overall triumph in Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday, two years after claiming his first 'trident' in 2015 with a similar procedure as for the last week of racing: leaving his rivals behind into the Terminillo climb and holding them off into the TT showdown.

Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC, 2nd), winner of today's final stage, and Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ, 3rd) joi...
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Quintana destroys rivals to win Titteno-Adriatico stage four and take overall lead.

March 11, 2017


Quintana claims third win of the season, Movistar Team's eighth in 2017 to lead Tirreno-Adriatico GC: serene as a true champion, breaking apart from favourites one by one after great work from Castroviejo & Blues.

Quintana left his rivals behind with a series of accelerations in the final kilometers. One way or another, Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) fulfilled expectations to take the GC lead in Tirreno-Adriatico on top of the Monte Terminillo. The Colombian got full support from an excellent ...
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Valverde claims 100th Pro Win

February 20, 2017


Valverde confirms fifth GC success in Ruta del Sol; enters history once again by reaching hundred victories, only achieved by three currently active riders. Movistar Team notches up sixth win in just 15 days.

Alejandro Valverde continues to write his legend as one of the best cyclists the world has ever seen. Sunday 19 February, just over fifteen years since his pro debut, the 36-year-old from Murcia claimed his 100th victory in the sport's top category, a figure only reached by three currentl...
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Movistar's Castroviejo wins Volta ao Algarve Stage 3 TT

February 18, 2017


Jonathan Castroviejo claimed a sensational win on stage three of the Volta ao Algarve, a 18km individual time trial in and around Sagres where the current European TT champion obtained the Movistar Team's fifth success of the 2017 season. The Basque allrounder claimed success over a flat, windy course suiting heavier competitors, the man from Getxo managing to beat World champion Tony Martin (KAT) by four seconds and leave race leader Primoz Roglic (TLJ) five seconds behind. 'Castro' now sits...
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Movistar's Valverde wins opening stage of Ruta del Sol

February 15, 2017


Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took victory in the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol, winning the sprint ahead of an elite group of climbers that went clear over the final ascent of the day.

Valverde did everything that could be done to chase the victory and make the fans happy. Going on the attack in both the ascent and the downhill of the Cat-1 Alto de Monachil, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) completed a superb day of racing on stage one of the 63rd Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía with an as...
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Nairo Quintana wins Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana overall

February 5, 2017


Nairo claims 13th stage race as a pro cyclist with Movistar Team in Spain, starts 2017 competitive season with success after excellent work from Blues.

Even though today's stage looked like it would be more difficult than than the real outcome, due to strong winds that ultimately forced to shorten it by almost 80km, Nairo Quintana and Movistar Team had no troubles to claim overall success in the 2017 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The 51 kilometers between Paterna and Valencia, including fiv...
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