Despite today being the last stage of the 2011 Giro before the mountains coming up tomorrow, Movistar Team has still a 320km trip in front of them before reaching the hotel where they’ll be resting tonight before the first Dolomitic stage of the tour, up the Grossglockner in Austria.
The transfer will also avoid the riders following their usual recovery routine and will sum up to the tiredness of today’s ride, the twelfth in the Corsa Rosa, with 184 kilometers from Castelfidardo to Ravenna coming into a sprint won by Cavendish (Highroad), after a crash with just over a kilometers from the finish leaving only ten riders ahead and ruining all chances from the Blue squad’s fastman Fran Ventoso. “The team did a great work for me,” explained the Spaniard, who will return into Spain tomorrow in a plane from Venice to rest after a very long first half of the season, over the line. “However, I lost position with 5k to go and I preferred not to take too many risks, because I was feeling there was going to be a crash today. It was a calm stage, all riders are strong and that makes things more dangerous. I’m a bit angry because it was the last sprint, but at least I did not crash.”
Movistar Team are now facing the decisive stages of the race, with their leader David Arroyo sitting in 6th place in the overall ranking. Tomorrow will mark the opening of the feared Dolomitic triple, with the mountain-top finishes of Austrian Grossglockner, on Friday; the Zoncolan, preceeded by the Monte Crostis in the ride on Saturday; and Gardeccia, on Sunday. “It will be a 3-day run, starting already today, with a tremendous effort, not only on the bike but also on the transfers,” apponted Arroyo. “I’m coming there with willingness to do well and confidence, but those will be three really hard stages. When we aren’t on the bike, we’ll be travelling by bus to anywhere and that will pay off really hard on the tiredness. There isn’t really much time to recover. After this weekend there will be plenty of mountain stages, a mountain ITT… but I think that the Giro, even though this race is unpredictable and you have to be attentive everyday, is gonna be decided into those three stages and the final ITT. From what we’re facing, I only know the Zoncolan, which I will climb for the third time, and some part of Sunday’s route. I didn’t come to recon the routes because I don’t like it really much; I did it in some point and it didn’t go well for me. For instance, my descent through the Mortirolo last year, which is remembered by everyone, was made by me for the very first time then… For the time being, I’m very satisfied of my Giro. I’m strong and the team is doing phenomenally, but I don’t want to set any concrete goals. Up to this moment, riding day by day has gone well and that’s how I want to keep it.”
Unlucky Enrique Sanz in Lorraine