The Telefónica Flagship Store in Madrid’s Gran Vía street was the venue selected for the Movistar Team roster presentation as the squad travels on Wednesday evening to their appearance in the 98th Tour de France, starting on Saturday at the Passage du Gois. Under the sports direction by Yvon Ledanois and José Luis Arrieta, Andrey Amador (CRC), David Arroyo (ESP), Rui Costa (POR), Imanol Erviti (ESP), Iván Gutiérrez (ESP), Beñat Intxausti (ESP), Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Fran Ventoso (ESP) and current Spanish road champion José Joaquín Rojas will be the nine riders from teht telephone squad in the French grandtour.
At the presentation, attended by Arroyo, Intxausti, Gutiérrez, Ventoso and Rojas, the media and VIPs were able to enjoy the premiere of the documentary “Cycling from inside”, broadcasted by TV station CANAL+ tonight (22.00 CET) into the programme Informe Robinson and where the reality of a cycling team in a competition, with footage from Movistar Team from the recent Giro d’Italia, is showne. After the premiere, Movistar Team’s general manager Eusebio Unzué valued the winning chances from his group towards the upcoming Grande Boucle: “We’re coming here with a squad that aspires to win in all terrains, coming with the same goal every squad has: taking a stage victory. Ventoso has already shown he might do well within the top sprinters, contesting victories in big races; besides, Rojas is also a really fast man, and showed in the Spanish championships on Sunday what his fitness level is. On the other hand, we have allrounders like Amador, Erviti, Iván or Rui Costa, who are capable giving us some success in any kind of stage. For the mountains, as well Intxausti as Arroyo or Kiryienka have the quality needed to ride on front. It will be up to the race itself to see if we can make it to the wins we’re looking for.”