Movistar Team shows up on front with Rui Costa, Lastras and Madrazo at Giro di Lombardia, the telephone squad’s last stop in maiden season at cycling’s world elite
Even in the last race of the season, Movistar Team couldn’t hide and avoid steeping up against the pro bunch’s elite. The Blue squad went to the fore for most of the 105rh Giro di Lombardia (UCI World Tour), over 241 kilometers from Milano to Lecco where Switzerland’s Oliver Zaugg (LEO) made a late attempt count almost on top of the decisive Salita di Ello after furious tries from some of the biggest names in the Italian course. Between those, the squad directed by Yvon Ledanois could shine with three of their riders: Pablo Lastras, Ángel Madrazo and Rui Costa, who went on the attack into several parts of the race.
Lastras filtered into the first main attempt, with 13 riders including World’s No. 1 Philippe Gilbert (OLO) and Italian Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ), protagonist into the most dangerous break, after profiting from a short split in the downhill of the Colma di Sormano. Despite having almost 40 seconds of advantage, the peloton would latter reel the group in before the first slopes of the Madonna del Ghisallo, where Madrazo tried his way to the favourites. With both chased down, only Rui Costa could stand the pace, though not with the necessary stamina, into the lead group before the ending climb, taking a top-30 position just over a minute behind the day’s winner.