Movistar Team notch 19th win of the season as they smash the competitors in Vuelta a Burgos’s team time trial, with Pardilla, López and Lastras jumping into 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the GC
It couldn’t be in any better way than in the effort done together. Movistar Team took the 19th victory of their remarkable season by taking profit of their best advantage: the strength of their block. The telephone squad took a convincing triumph in the 3rd stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, an 11.6-kilometer team time trial where the riders directed by José Luis Arrieta rode at an incredible speed of 66.6 km per hour.
Movistar Team, the only squad to cover the route in less than ten minutes, beat race leader Joaquim Rodriguez’s Katusha by ten seconds, a notable time gap taking the mileage into account. Rodríguez now feels the breathing of the three top guns by the blue team, with Pardilla, David López and Lastras in 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall -Ventoso is 6th-, just under ten seconds behind the purple jersey. Tomorrow’s uphill finish in the Roman City of Clunia and Sunday’s decisive climb to the Lagunas de Neila will clear up the outcome of the 2011 Vuelta a Burgos, but for the time being, it’s Movistar Team’s chance to enjoy the most connected victory of the season.
José Luis Arrieta (Sports Director): “We are really happy, not only because of the victory but also for the time gap made. The aim was to be as close to the top as possible, but Lastras took the task in the morning to convince the guys that riding behind 3rd place was going to be a disappointment. We knew it was going to be a fast TTT and gaps had to be short, but taking ten seconds on the next ones means that the lads did a magnificent race. The tactics were clear: going on full steam from the start and until the point where we could hang on. We already had seven seconds on the Katusha squad after 3k, so we were the best right from the start. The GC is looking very good for us now, but we have to be conscious about what’s left. It’s true that ‘Purito’ and Samuel proved to be over the rest, but they did it in explosive finishes. The Lagunas can do well for Pardilla and David, and even Pablo can make it better in such a climb. We want to dedicate this victory to Andrea Pinarello. His family is really close to our team, and we felt really sad about his death.”