On starting grid for Giro d’Italia

11 April 2011
Imagen de la noticia ‛On starting grid for Giro d’Italia’

It was a morning in the circuits for Movistar Team. The telephone squad did an original training ride on the Circuito de Navarra – Los Arcos raceway in order to get prepared for the team time trial opening the Giro d’Italia in May 7th.

Fifteen riders -the eleven pre-selectioned for the Corsa Rosa, plus Soler, Sanz, Herrada and Chente García Acosta- made part of a rehearsal for almost two hours, where the lads directed by Eusebio Unzué finetuned technical aspects in a specialty what will make the first time gaps into the Italian three-week grandtour. Biomechanician Jon Iriberri completed the adjustments on posture and aerodynamics on the riders after the tests made last week in Tafalla’s velodrome.

The facilities of the Circuito de Navarra gathered attention from many media specialists that wanted to get closer to a different journey, where cycling and motorsport crossed their ways and Movistar Team unveiled their preselection before the Giro. Eleven riders are making the shortlist before Eusebio Unzué’s squad selects the nine to take part in the year’s first GT: David Arroyo -2nd placed last year-, Marzio Bruseghin -3rd in 2008-, Vasil Kiryienka, Pablo Lastras, Sergio Pardilla, Andrey Amador, Luis Pasamontes, Fran Ventoso, Carlos Oyarzun, Javier Iriarte and Branislau Samoilau. “We count on the experience by two riders like Arroyo and Bruseghin, who already know what climbing into the Giro’s podium is,” explained Unzué. “That gives you tranquility, because they are two riders that have granted confidence. We don’t discard any result, I wish we could repeat last year’s result, but we have to be realist and realize the big level the race will have, equal or superior to the Tour’s. Apart from these two, we will have consolidated riders aboard, such as Kiryienka or Lastras, and a group of youngsters like Pardilla, Amador… that can do well. I’m sure we will make a good role there.”

Iriberri also valued the innovating training ride done today: “Now that it’s finished, I’m sure this has been the best way to analyze and improve the technique of team time trialling. This is a sort of race you have few opportunities to train on, and the charateristics of this circuit, with many turns and strong winds, gives us a better chance to correct detailes and make riders realize the importance of leaving a spot into the line or taking a bad curve in a group of nine. We’ll be checking all videos thoroughly and try to make this have an impact by the start of the Giro.