Malori (6th, 30" off bronze) comes close to own expectations; Castroviejo (10th) improves Nat-Champs result by 1'; Dowsett (20th) struggles at end of successful 2014 season
For the first time since the first-ever ITT World Championships were held between professional riders, Eusebio Unzué’s squad put two of their members within the top 10 of the universal contest after the 47km route, with two climbs that copied Alejandro Valverde’s winning parcours from the National Champs back in June, in and around Ponferrada. Though he was a step behind his own expectations, Adriano Malori completed a notable ride to lead the Movistar Team’s performance in sixth spot, just 31″ off a podium made by Bradley Wiggins (GBR, gold), Tony Martin (GER, silver) and Tom Dumoulin (NED, bronze).
Progressing through the TT course like his team-mate -Malori had gone 13th through the first split after 12km, making up seconds and places afterwards-, Jonathan Castroviejo claimed at last a top-ten finish in the Worlds by finish a minute off the bronze (with 25″ lost only into the first part) and 33″ away from his team-mate. Harder was the day’s duty for Alex Dowsett, with consecutive efforts from the Tour of Britain and Sunday’s team time trial making him struggle to find his best pace: a strong start (11st after 12km) saw him fading later on, the Essex lion finishing in 20th place (+2’35”).