Movistar Team has closed the 65th Tour de Romandie, the thirteenth of twenty-seven races comforming the 2011 UCI World Tour, with a great overview after Beñat Intxausti concluded the race in 5th place overall, the squad keeping their 2nd position in the teams’ classification and Enrique Sanz claiming an interesting 10th spot in the last mass sprint.
The group directed by José Luis Arrieta and Yvon Ledanois kept today the quota of protagonism gained by the telephone squad all week, leafing the moves throughout the stage with two attacks by Chente García Acosta, another one from Rui Costa and a jump in the final climb from David López, who was into the move that would resist until the final 15k of the stage. Australian Cadel Evans took the overall honours in the Helvetic tour, where 20 seconds separated Beñat Intxausti from the final podium, the Basque rider confirming his application to a top place in cycling after the 4th place obtained in the Vuelta al País Vasco.
Comment from José Luis Arrieta: “We leave the race a bit disappointed, because we lacked a bit of hardness in the only mountain-top finish so as to play the GC chances by Intxausti. He could only take a few seconds there, but should the gradient have been a bit stronger, I think he could have taken some more time and make the podium, and, above all, leave riders like Pinotti or Martin, which overtook us yesterday, more behind. The time trial was a bit difficult for everyone, because the first riders on the route had tail winds in the opening phase, with the hardest slopes, and then it turned the other way round and caught us on head. The references we had taken had no use, because everyone was taking a minute longer than the earlier ones on that zones. We have to be satisfied because not only Beñat and David did a great race: wherever you could find a break, the guys were there; Rui Costa would have been battling for top-ten without his crash in the prologue, and youngsters like Herrada and Sanz performed really well in a top-ranked race. Even though he got boxed today, Sanz has already tasted a sprint in such levels today and Herrada, who was coming here after the classics, was there in all days and made a great ITT yesterday. We were playing for the teams’ overall, but we knew it was going to be hard to beat a team like Garmin with such good specialists.”