Etixx-QuickStep beats BMC for gold
Movistar Team finishes 34” off bronze, repeats result from Valkenburg ’12 & Ponferrada ’14 in Doha, under hot conditions and following an early mechanical for Jonathan Castroviejo. Etixx claims third gold medal
Five World Championships, five-top-ten finishes for the Movistar Team following their 6th place on Sunday at sunny, hot Doha in Qatar, place for a 40km team time trial between the Lusail Sports Complex and the man-made islands of The Pearl. The squad directed by Eusebio Unzué and José Luis Arrieta -1’11” behind newly crowned champions Etixx-QuickStep- grew over the course after a bad start, caused by a mechanical -and subsequent bike change- for Jonathan Castroviejo after just 2km into the race. The incident cost the Blues 45 seconds over the first intermediate check (13.6km), where they were 9th provisionally.
Always remaining together, Amador, Oliveira, Sütterlin, Erviti, Castroviejo and Dowsett -the Brit losing contact only 500 meters from the end- clocked the fourth best second section -coming 7th after 26km, 36” off bronze- and even third at the last 14km, crossing the line 34” behind Orica (3rd) and 17” after Sky and Lotto-Jumbo, both more than half a minute ahead of the Spanish outfit at the first split. The Movistar Team thus ended far from their third spot in Richmond 2015, yet repeating their prior best results from Limburg (2012) and Ponferrada (2014).
Jasha Sütterlin (GER), Nelson Oliveira (POR), Alex Dowsett (GBR), Jonathan Castroviejo and Imanol Erviti (ESP) will represent the Movistar Team with their respective national squads Wednesday at the individual time trial, over the very same 40km course where the TTT took place today.