With 9 individual victories up to date, Movistar Team is becoming one of the biggest revelations in the beginning of 2011. The points scale of the UCI World Tour’s team ranking, not taking into account teams’ overall classifications but rather individual points accumulated by their five best riders, seems to minimize the global value from Eusebio Unzué’s squad. However, a deeper analysis reveals the tremendous potential into the Blue squad after their performances in the three opening months of the season.
The five World Tour stageraces ridden up to the moment by the squad -Tour Down Under, Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, Catalunya, País Vasco- have taken Movistar into the victory in two of them –Australia and Euskadi-, a third place in Paris-Nice and a fourth -their worst result- in both Tirreno and Volta. Opening the calculation towards the UCI Europe Tour calendar, the conclusions are similar: after five tours ridden, a team victory (Critérium International) has been notched while a fifth place is the least notable result into the other four races covered by the telephone squad. Also, the prestigious CQ Ranking, which takes into account all races of the five international circuits, imitating the former UCI classification, shows the impressive level by Movistar Team in the beginning of the season. The Spanish team is 5th -only to RadioShack, Garmin, HTC and Rabobank- in the 2011 team ranking, the most reliable source to evaluate global rendement within the best squads in the world.
MOVISTAR TEAM – Teams’ Classifications (World Tour & Europe Tour, 2011)
– Tour Down Under (AUS) – 1st
– Tour Méditerranéen (FRA) – 3rd
– Tour du Haut Var (FRA) – 5th
– Vuelta a Andalucía (ESP) – 3rd
– Vuelta a Murcia (ESP) – 5th
– Paris-Nice (FRA) – 3rd
– Tirreno-Adriatico (ITA) – 4th
– Volta a Catalunya (ESP) – 4th
– Critérium International (FRA) – 1st
– Vuelta al País Vasco (ESP) – 1st
– Vuelta a Castilla y León (ESP) – 4th
* World Tour races are marked bold