Movistar Team will have a triple appointment this weekend. The squad directed by Eusebio Unzué divides into two blocks in Belgium and Spain to race the GP Llodio –Saturday 23rd- plus the Vuelta a La Rioja and Liège-Bastogne-Liège –the last of the Ardennes classics- on Sunday 24th.
For the Belgian race, the oldest within all held in the international calendar (97th edition), Yvon Ledanois will be directing a roster formed up by José Joaquín Rojas, Rui Costa, Beñat Intxausti, David López, Vasil Kiryienka, Ignatas Konovalovas and Chente García Acosta. Xavi Tondo won’t definitely be there, the Catalan rider still healing from a renal colic that avoide dhim taking the start on Wednesday’s Flèche Wallonne, and forcing him to move into a medical center in Liège yesterday, in order to get through several checks that discarded any other damage. Tondo had another bad night today with pain, causing his team to put Jesús Herrada on his spot for Sunday.
In turn, Movistar Team’s lineup for the 62nd GP Llodio and the 51st Vuelta a La Rioja will be composed by Andrey Amador, Iván Gutiérrez, Carlos Oyarzun, Fran Pérez, Javier Iriarte, Imanol Erviti and Enrique Sanz. The 7-man group will be missing Ángel Madrazo, who won’t be there after his crash during a training rider on Wednesday, which will wake him undergo surgery yesterday so as to reduce the fracture in his left collarbone. The Easter public holiday has delayed the intervention on the Spaniard, which will likely be done on Monday and, unless any major problems, will allow him return training in few weeks.