Movistar Team is already prepared for their compétitive début on European turf. After their excellent season opening on Argentinean soil -Tondo taking a stage victory in the Tour de San Luis- and the Tour Down Under in Australia -with Fran Ventoso claiming a stage win while the team conquered the teams’ overall-, the squad by Eusebio Unzué will be searching for new success as they ride in the Challenge de Mallorca from Sunday 6th.
The peculiar Balearic competition, made out of five isolated trophies that allow different riders to take part in the diverse routes of the course, will be once again the best testing ground for the most important teams in the international peloton. The first race will be held on Sunday as the traditional Trofeo Palma, over the Passeig Marítim of the Mallorca island’s capital in an 11km circuit where the riders will cover ten laps, is predicted to end in a mass arrival, where José Joaquín Rojas and Fran Ventoso will be looking to hobnob with the world’s sprinting elite.
Unless any other last-minute news, Eusebio Unzué’s squad is expected to compete with ten riders on Sunday: Javier Iriarte, Ignatas Konovalovas, David López, Ángel Madrazo, Carlos Oyarzun, Fran Pérez, Enrique Sanz -who wlll be making his debut within the pros this weekend-, Mauricio Soler and the mentioned Ventoso and Rojas. Meanwhile, Movistar Team goes on with their mini-training camp on Balearic soil, the blue squad landing on Tuesday after the team’s official presentation. The good weather was again present at the day’s training ride, this time over ‘only’ four hours after the demanding five-and-a-half hour session on Thursday.