Alejandro Valverde, Juanjo Lobato lead strong squad for first of three Movistar Team races of the season (Qatar, Oman) in Middle East
After completing three consecutive races in the 2015 season opening with a stage victory -Australia, Argentina and the recent Mallorca Challenge-, the Movistar Team heads into the Arabian Peninsula on Monday to take part in the 2nd Dubai Tour, from Wednesday 4 to Saturday, February 7. No time trials on this year's route -Adriano Malori (7th) was the telephone squad's top performer in 2014- mean that the overall winner's blue jersey will be decided into three sprint stages in the capital plus one hilly finale on day three, finishing at Hatta (Friday 6) near the UAE border.
For their first of three races in the Middle East -the Tours of Qatar (8-13) and Oman (17-22) will add up a total 16 days of racing in Asia-, Movistar Team bring all three riders who have claimed victories so far in 2015: Malori, Alejandro Valverde and Juanjo Lobato. The eight-man roster is completed by Italians Eros Capecchi and Giovanni Visconti plus Spaniards Pablo Lastras, Jesús Herrada and Jonathan Castroviejo. José Luis Jaimerena will be the sports director.