Preparations for the Italian Grand Tour
All eight riders from Telefónica’s squad share their first rider around the Emilia capital on Thursday, just over 48 hours before the start of the race with a tough ITT up San Luca.
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The Movistar Team landed in Bologna late on Wednesday evening with the eight riders that will carry the Blue flag at the 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia.
Andrey Amador, Carlos Betancur, Héctor Carretero, Richard Carapaz, Lluís Mas, Mikel Landa, José Joaquín Rojas and Jasha Sütterlin completed a training ride just over two hours long in the outskirts of the city, on road race bikes rather than the Canyon TT machines they will use during the tough opening ITT, an 8km route finishing with the tough -2km at 10%- ascent to the San Luca sanctuary.
📹 Nos subimos al @volvocar_es de Movistar Team, comandado por @jvgarciaacosta y @maxsciandri, para seguir el primer entrenamiento de nuestros chicos por los alrededores de Bolonia, previo al inicio del #Giro 2019 este sábado. 💙🇮🇹 #RodamosJuntos @giroditalia pic.twitter.com/n52l6sEjup
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) May 9, 2019
As the night falls (9.30 to 11pm), the Blues -here directed by Max Sciandri and Chente García Acosta- will take part in the teams’ presentation in the city center of Bologna, the pre-race events ending Friday (4pm) with a press conference featuring Mikel Landa and Richard Carapaz at FICO Eataly World.