Lobato back onto podium
31 July 2015

Circuito de Getxo

Top Movistar Team sprinter takes 2nd in Circuito de Getxo as Blues win teams' classification, with Rojas & Sanz respectively 4th, 6th

The twenty-eighth victory of the 2015 season for the Movistar Team stays out of reach by a short margin, the Blues repeating last Saturday's runner-up in Ordizia as Juanjo Lobato finished 2nd in the 70th Circuito de Getxo. The telephone squad cooperated with Cofidis, Caja Rural and Rusvelo to keep the early, three-man breakaway on a leash into the urban roads in Biscay -ten laps and a total 170km-, the race significantly harder after torrential rain covered the gulf in the early morning, later drying up.

After controlling the gaps with Visconti halfway through the race while the rest of the Blues protected Lobato, the José Luis Jaimerena-led squad changed its strategy and sent Igor Antón and Rubén Fernández into the attacks. Both were left no terrain by a bunch always strung out, even splitting into the final lap with only 25 riders at the front until they got back together before the last kick uphill.

Bouhanni (COF) bested Lobato into the slopes of Arkotxa, as the Movistar Team put another two within the top ten, with José Joaquín Rojas in fourth while Enrique Sanz came home in sixth. Lobato heads now to Warsaw for the start of the 72nd Tour de Pologne (2.WT, Aug 2-8), searching for a chance into the four predictable, opening bunch sprints. Antón, Ventoso, Sütterlin, Dowsett, Capecchi, Ion Izagirre, Intxausti will join Juanjowith Jaimerena and José Luis Laguía as DSs.