The tough Route du Sud in France, won by Kiryienka last year, will be the last stagerace before the Tour for a young roster willing to increase their 17-victory account in 2012
One month before the Tour de France reaches the Pyrénées, Movistar Team –in great moral after their two victories last weekend, taking their 2012 triumph list up to 17- travels from today to the French mountains to take part in the 36th edition of the Route du Sud. Featuring two hilly stages -Thursday’s opening one in Albi and the closing to Saint Gaudens- and several slopes in the finale of day 2 in Saint-Michel (Friday), the biggest attention over the route will be set on the third day of racing: 204 kilometers with a summit finish in Arras, after climbing the Tourmalet (Cat. 1), Soulor (Cat. 2) and Spandelles (Cat. 1).
For the Pirenaic race, where Movistar Team will defend the triumph obtained by Belarusian Vasil Kiryienka in 2011, Yvon Ledanois will conduct a Blue roster including Colombian Nairo Quintana, the brilliant winner of the recent Critérium du Dauphiné’s Queen stage. The telephone squad will be completed by Sergio Pardilla, Javi Moreno, José Herrada, Javier Iriarte, Jonathan Castroviejo, Ángel Madrazo and Enrique Sanz.