ITT Spanish championship
After two consecutive silver medals, Basque powerhouse wins the Spanish TT title with a convincing performance over Luis León Sánchez in Bembibre, León. Plaza takes bronze – all five Movistar riders within best seven
He was 6th in 2009 -aged just 22-, 5th a year later and silver medallist in the last two editions. No one had made such efforts to get onto the highest step of the podium, and eventually, Jonathan Castroviejo has been able to achieve his goal of becoming Spanish time trial champion. The Movistar Team rider grabbed the ‘rojigualda’ jersey after a hard 44-kilometer course in Bembibre (León), showing pure class and constance from the very first intermediate time, where he already bested his main rival and winner of the last two editions of the event, Luís León Sánchez (BLA), by ten seconds, which he increased in the second part of the TT to end up triumphant by 45 seconds.
The festival by the telephone squad did not end there, as a regular Rubén Plaza proved again his brilliant fitness level before the Tour to claim the bronze medal. The rider from Ibi in Alicante, always few seconds ahead of Ion Izagirre (EUS) -the only able to contest the blue domination, is back on the podium of the National road champs after taking silver in 2006 and 2008. Also Alejandro Valverde performed well in his last time trial before the Tour, the telephone squad’s leader finishing 5th -only few hundredths of a second behind Izagirre) and 17 seconds off the final podium for a boost into his confidence.. Eloy Teruel (6th) and Jesús Herrada (7th) completed the oustanding performance from Movistar Team, with all five riders withn the top seven.