Fortune not turning good in Flanders
01 April 2012

Ronde van Vlaanderen

Continuing with their bad luck streak in the classics, Movistar Team leaves De Ronde with a broken radius for Iván Gutiérrez, as Lastras makes the fore during the early break - La Sarthe sets next challenge

After numerous mechanical problems and a crash by Rojas in the final sprint of Gent-Wevlegem, the last chapter in the Flemish trio tackled by Movistar Team last week, the Blues’ bad luck streak in Belgium continued with Iván Gutiérrez’s crash in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Spaniard went to the floor just over 100k before the end of the race and was taken to a near hospital, where a broken radius in his left arm was diagnosed. More checks will be done on the Cantabrian when he returns to Spain in the upcoming days.

Gutiérrez will miss his next races with the team starting with the imminent Circuit de La Sarthe, whose start in France is set for Tuesday and for which he was one of the six selected by Eusebio Unzué’s squad. His place will be taken by Ignatas Konovalovas, accompanied by Fran Ventoso, Jesús Herrada, Vladimir Karpets, Rubén Plaza and Jonathan Castroviejo into a four-day event where the individual time trial on day two, along with the bonus seconds, will be the key factor.

Apart from Gutiérrez’s misfortune, the participation by Movistar Team in De Ronde had Pablo Lastras as their main positive side. The telephone squad’s road captain got into the day’s break of fifteen riders leading from the 12th kilometer and until the final 45 kilometers, when they were reached by a first peloton of about fourty riders. The group then included Konovalovas, Ventoso, Erviti and Amador, the Costa Rican able to stick to the front after the split caused into the final climbs, to make the 40-rider group following the three podium finishers: Ballan (BMC), Pozzato (FAR) and winner Tom Boonen (OPQ).