Valverde leads squad at Catalunya into an attractive route with plenty of mountains – Ventoso and Visconti head into Italy as Madrazo replaces Rojas due to flu
The Milano-Sanremo and the Volta a Catalunya are the inminent objectives for Movistar Team in the 2012 World Tour schedule, the telephone squad sitting in 3rd place in the teams’ overall and on top of the leaderboard with Alejandro Valverde at the individual classification. Saturday will see the 103rd Milano-Sanremo on Italian soil feature a Blue squad directed by José Luis Jaimerena, with the 298-kilometer course being tackled by Fran Ventoso, Giovanni Visconti, José Herrada, Pablo Lastras, Rui Costa, Andrey Amador, Marzio Bruseghin and Ángel Madrazo, the replacement by José Joaquín Rojas as the Spaniard is ruled out due to an unfortunate flu.
On the other hand, the town of Calella will host the start of the 92nd edition in the Volta a Catalunya on Monday, with seven days of nervous rides, always with a climb near to the end and the third day of racing up Port-Ainé as the Queen stage. Alejandro Valverde will be again on top of Movistar Team’s performance, alongside recent Vuelta a Murcia overall victor Nairo Quintana as well as Marzio Bruseghin, David Arroyo, Iván Gutiérrez, Sergio Pardilla, Branislau Samoilau and Vladimir Karpets, winner of the 2007 Volta, all of them directed by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Jaimerena.