Movistar nears to teams' victory in Australia after fighting in all fronts; stage win neglected after success in 2015
Australian Simon Gerrans (OGE) took his fourth overall title in the Tour Down Under on Sunday, after the 35-year-old was able to hold off the final charge from countryman Richie Porte (BMC) into the super-fast circuit race (90km) in Adelaide's CBD. Caleb Ewan (OGE) claimed the day's honours into a bunch sprint.
The Movistar Team bid farewell to the first round of the 2016 UCI WorldTour after taking their first points for the international ranking, based on a good performance from many of its members. Despite missing out on a stage win like Juanjo Lobato's in 2015 -the Andalusian was seventh this time in Stirling, the place where he won twelve months ago-, the squad directed by José Luis Arrieta put Rubén Fernández into 6th overall -including top-ten finishes in both Thursday's tricky finish of Campbelltown and yesterday's Old Willunga hilltop arrival-, Jesús Herrada in 13th and the whole squad in 2nd at the teams' overall, just 9" behind winners Cannondale Pro Cycling.
Rojas' efforts into the sprints -he was 21st today, with Juanjo in 15th-, team duties from Sutherland and up-and-coming Sütterlin and a good debut from Nelson Oliveira, spending most of stage five in the breakaway, rounded off the Blues' performance, the group now ready to travel back to Spain for Wednesday's team launch in Madrid.