Eneco (2nd) / Ain (1st)
Movistar Team closes good Tuesday in both fronts, with a 7th place in the Eneco Tour team time trial -just 18seconds behind OGE- and a 4th spot by Enrique Sanz at the inaugural sprint of the Tour de l’Ain
Divided this week for their last two stageraces before the Vuelta a España, Movistar Team showed again their collective strength with a notable performance in both the Eneco Tour and the Tour de l’Ain. At southern Netherlands (Sittard), the telephone squad closed their 18.9 kilometer team time trial for stage two in seventh place, the squad directed by José Luis Jaimerena always together to come across the line with their eight man on course (21’27”) and culminate a regular progression that put him 19 seconds behind OGE, the day’s winner with the same time as OPQ and new race leaders with Belgian Jens Keukeleire. The race will enter Flanders tomorrow with a 188k ride from Riemst to Genk that will feature six small climbs in Limburg, including the famous Cauberg.
In turn, at eastern France, Enrique Sanz confirmed the great fitness level taking him together with team-mate Giovanni Visconti onto the podium of the recent Circuito de Getxo and claimed the 4th place at the opening sprint of the 24th Tour de l’Ain, after 157 km to Trévoux where the long breakaway by Zangerlé (LET), Téguel (FRA), Vaubourzeix (LPM) and Bazin (AUB) stood away until the last kilometer over a really elongated peloton led by Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ). The French event is tackling a tiring effort tomorrow with a double sector: 83 km from Lagnieu to Amberieu-en-Bugey in the morning, plus 11.1 km of team time trial around Saint-Vulbas in the evening.