GP Nobili / Milano-Sanremo
Alejandro Valverde, Juanjo Lobato both back into racing for GP Nobili (Thursday), Milano-Sanremo (Sunday); Sutherland and Dowsett return after injuries as Anacona makes European debut
Still over the moon after Nairo Quintana's success in Tirreno-Adriatico, the squad's first after almost four decades of history, the Movistar Team will stay in Italy this week with two top-level races: the GP Nobili (Thursday 19), now ranked Hors Categorie in the Europe Tour, over 187km with two climbs of the Massino Visconti hill; and the Classicissima, the 106th edition of Milano-Sanremo (Sunday 22), back to its traditional final in Via Roma after 293km which include the Passo del Turchino, the Cipressa and the Poggio, as well as the 'Capi' near the Riviera Ligure.
José Luis Jaimerena will be the sports director in both races as Alejandro Valverde and Juanjo Lobatolead the group. German Jasha Sütterlin and Briton Alex Dowsett -debuting in 2015 after his injury in January- will also take part in both competitions, with Rory Sutherland -also recovered from his fracture in the Mallorca Challenge-, Winner Anacona -in his first European race of 2015-, Igor Antón and Enrique Sanz joining them on Thursday while Adriano Malori, Ion Izagirre, José Joaquín Rojas and Giovanni Visconti replace them on Sunday.