Erviti enters the break at Galibier stage, climbs Agnello and Izoard on front before collaborating with team Arroyo, best telephone squad finisher, in finale. Rojas, only 15 points behind green jersey leader as Cavendish gets out of time, repechage
Movistar Team showed again their colours in the 2011 Tour de France during the event’s Queen stage, over 200 kilometers starting at Italy’s Pinerolo and finishing atop the Col du Galibier, 2,600 meters above sea level, after three HC climbs: the Colle dell’Agnello, the Col d’Izoard and the proper finale from the Lautaret. The telephone squad seeked for the day’s breakaway with Imanol Erviti, into an attack forged just before the intermediate sprint and which reached a massive 8-minute advantage with the 18 man accompanying the Navarran rider through the first two ascents.
Erviti would stick into the favourites’ group, along with teammates David Arroyo and José Joaquín Rojas -outstanding performance by the Spanish champion, on GC group before the final 20k and now only 15 points behind the green jersey (300-285) as leader Cavendish (THR) was taken into the repechage as out-of-time and stripped the 20 points given to the day’s winner in a new rule this season-, during the final kilometers of the climb to the Lautaret, in pursuit of Andy Schleck (LEO) as the Luxembourgish won with more than two minutes of advantage over race leader Voeckler (EUC), still in yellow with a short margin before the Grande Boucle‘s last mountain day. It will be a short 108k run, starting at Modane-Valfréjus and going through the climbs of Télégraphe (Cat. 1), Galibier (HC) and the finish of Alpe d’Huez, also Hors Categorie.
Pardilla shines on at Brixia Tour
In turn, Sergio Pardilla took again Movistar Team to the fore at the morning sector of stage 2 in the Brixia Tour, over 135 kilometers from Pisogne to Bescia where Italian Fabio Felline (GEO) was the fastest into a 30-rider group contesting the stage, which included, apart from the Spaniard, a notable Carlos Oyarzun. Pardilla jumped into the first slopes of the Cat. 1 Colle San Zeno, the first real difficulty of the Lombard race, into a 6-man group that would get joined, in the following k’s of the climb and the successive descent, by the riders on pursuit of the day’s main move. Italian Baliani (DAN) is keeping the leader jersey -with Pardilla in 11th place- after the evening time trial around Brescia was neutralised -ridden, not counting for the official results- due to security reasons.